13 June 1949: Birthday of Ann Druyan, American popular science writer (Source)

Ann Druyan, Executive Producer and Writer of COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey, accepts the Peabody with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Mitchell Cannold and Brannon Braga, 2015 – photo by The Peabody Awards (Source)

Ann Druyan (/ˈdræn/ DREE-ann;[1] born June 13, 1949) is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning American writer, producer, and director specializing in the communication of science. She co-wrote the 1980 PBS documentary series Cosmos, hosted by Carl Sagan, whom she married in 1981. She is the creator, producer, and writer of the 2014 sequel, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and its sequel series, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, as well as the book of the same name. She is credited with directing episodes of both series as well.

She was the Creative Director of NASA’s Voyager Interstellar Message Project, the golden discs affixed to both the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft.[2] Druyan’s role on the project was discussed on the July 8, 2018 60 Minutes segment “The Little Spacecraft That Could”.[3] In the segment, Druyan explained her insistence that Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” be included on the Golden Record, saying: “…Johnny B. Goode, rock and roll, was the music of motion, of moving, getting to someplace you’ve never been before, and the odds are against you, but you want to go. That was Voyager.” The segment also discussed Sagan’s suggestion, in 1990, that Voyager 1 turn its cameras back towards Earth to take a series of photographs showing the planets of our solar system. The shots, showing Earth from a distance of 3.7 billion miles as a small point of bluish light, became the basis for Sagan’s famous “Pale Blue Dot” passage, first published in Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (1994).

Druyan and Sagan’s working and resulting romantic relationship has been the subject of numerous treatments in popular culture, including the Radiolab episode “Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan’s Ultimate Mix Tape”[4] and a segment of the Comedy Central program Drunk Historys episode “Space”.[5] The asteroid 4970 Druyan, which is in a companion orbit with asteroid 2709 Sagan named after Druyan’s late husband, is named after Druyan.[6][7] In 2015, it was announced that Warner Brothers was in development on a drama about Sagan and Druyan’s relationship, to be produced by producer Lynda Obst and Druyan.[8] (Source)

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