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Sagan Day Essay Contest

Sagan Day Essay Contest

Sponsored by NASA’s Kepler Mission and SETI Institute

His words — our words — as beacons for the future.

Theme: “The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore, we’ve learned most of what we know. Recently, we’ve waded a little way out, maybe ankle-deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” – Carl Sagan, Cosmos, 1980 In honor of Carl Sagan’s birthday on November 9th, we invite you to pause and reflect on the imagery that he created for us in his allegory of the Shore of the Cosmic Ocean. We invite you to communicate your thoughts and ideas, your reflections on the past and your visions for the future. We want the written expressions of what you see as you stand on that shore. How did you arrive there with your individual perspective? Where will we go from here? What drives us toward those distant shores? What embodies the spirit of exploration? All ideas inspired by The Shore of the Cosmic Ocean are acceptable.

Please send your contributions to: kepler-public@lists.nasa.gov

Deadline: October 26, 2010

Awards Announced: November 9, 2010

More details here.

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