Cosmos Reborn

Cosmos
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Beginning Sunday evening, March 9th, Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey will air on the Fox television network, the rebirth of Carl Sagan's classic Cosmos. In the cover story of our April 2014 issue, contributing editor J. Kelly Beatty reveals a behind-the-scenes look at the new series. (All of the images here are courtesy of Fox Broadcasting.)

Here, we show bonus images not included in the print issue, and check back soon for clips from the show itself. But first, here's the trailer for your viewing pleasure:

Spaceship of the Imagination over Titan
The Spaceship of the Imagination returns in the Cosmos update, here flying over the seas of Titan.
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Ann Druyan
Ann Druyan, wife of the late Carl Sagan, wrote the new Cosmos series.
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The original series used actors to re-create many historical scenes, but this time Seth MacFarlane wanted animations to tell those stories. These are straightforward animated swuqences with a "gothic-novel feel."

Episode 3 scene
A coffee house in London serves as the backdrop for a rousing discussion between Edmund Halley, Christopher Wren, and Robert Hooke, who professed to have solved the mystery of why planets move in ellipses rather than perfect circles.
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Episode 3 scene
The young Isaac Newton (right) took refuge from a miserable family life was his passion to understand how things worked, most especially nature.
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Edmund Halley and his understanding wife Mary, who overlooked that her brilliant husband was paid for his work at the Royal Society of London in copies of The History of Fish.
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