Cosmos Version 2.0 Debuts on Sunday

Seth MacFarlane (creator of Family Guy) and Ann Druyan introduce the host of Cosmos A Spacetime Odyssey – world renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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Video: Family Guy Creator Seth MacFarlane Discusses New Cosmos TV Series

Seth MacFarlane speaking at Planetfest 2012 with Ann Druyan, the widow of Carl Sagan. The talk was held hours before NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars.

Seth MacFarlane is the creator of Family Guy, voice actor, director and writing. He is co-producing the new Cosmos series to be broadcast on the Fox TV network in 2014.

Ukraine Celebrates 50 Years in Space

Ukraine recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first satellite launch into space. On March 16, 1962, the Cosmos-2 rocket lifted off with the Cosmos-1 satellite aboard. Both the rocket and the spacecraft were developed by the Ukrainian-based Special Design Office 586 (OKB 586), now known as Yuzhnoye SDO.

In addition to the Cosmos family of rockets, Yuzhnoye’s other launch vehicles include the Zenit rockets flown by Land Launch and Sea Launch, the Dnepr ballistic missiles used to launch small satellites, the Cyclone-4 boosters set to make begin flights out of Alcantara in Brazil next year, and the first stage tanks and structure for Orbital Sciences Corporation’s new Antares rocket that will lift off from Virginia later this year. The company also provides an upper stage for Europe’s new Vega launcher.

Ukraine’s contributions to space are often overlooked, and this anniversary went largely unnoticed outside of that nation. So,  I thought it would be nice to give the Ukrainians their due. I found an account of the launch prepared by the good folks at the Yuzhnoye press office. It begins after the break.