Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey is an American science documentary television series. It is presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson and is a follow-up to the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan. The executive producers are Seth MacFarlane and Ann Druyan, Sagan’s widow. The series premiered on March 9, 2014, simultaneously in the US across ten 21st Century Fox networks. The remainder of the series will air on Fox, with the National Geographic Channel rebroadcasting the episodes the next night with extra content. The score for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey was written by Alan Silvestri.
Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson takes a tour of the Solar System and the known universe establishing the components of Earth’s “address” within the Virgo Supercluster. He then shares the story of the person who championed an expansive understanding of Earth’s place in the universe by presenting Renaissance Italian Giordano Bruno’s vision of the universe as a limitless expanse of space and time. He then makes an exploration into the Cosmic Calendar, which dates back to the dawn of the Big Bang (similar to the presentation from episode 1 of the original series). The episode ends with deGrasse Tyson narrating how he met his mentor Carl Sagan, who hosted the first Cosmos series.
The episode included a brief introduction recorded by United States President Barack Obama to describe the “spirit of discovery” that the series aspires to give to its viewers.