On the eve of the release of his first live-action directorial effort, Ted, Family Guy creator--and pretty much owner of the FOX network-- Seth McFarlane has provided the funds for 800 boxes of Carl Sagan's papers including idea notes, letters, notebooks, and book drafts, to be donated to the Library of Congress.
The pages even contain some of Sagan's childhood report cards, drawings (pictured) and even his birth announcement.
McFarlane is spreading his wings by working on a new version of Sagan's famed TV show Cosmos called Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey. The 13-part series will be hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and air next year.
The work of Carl Sagan has been a profound influence in my life, and the life of every individual who recognizes the importance of humanity's ongoing commitment to the exploration of our universe. The continuance of our journey outward into space should always occupy some part of our collective attention, regardless of whatever Snooki did last week.
In a statement, Librarian of Congress James Billington said:
The Sagan papers are a rich addition to the Library’s already-outstanding collection of science manuscripts and other materials from such prominent figures as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Sigmund Freud, J. Robert Oppenheimer and E.O. Wilson.
Get a look at one of Sagan's drawings, titled “The Evolution of Interstellar Flight” which was done when he was 10-13 years-old. According to Space.com it is:
The young Sagan's vision of the future of spaceflight includes the discovery of life on Venus and the creation in 1967 of a venture called Interstellar Spacelines.
How great is it that it says "What next?"