If you caught COSMOS last night on National Geographic Channel, you may be feeling a little small. In the context of the cosmos, we are but a speck of dust afloat in staggering immensity. But we don’t think small. And while a mere four centuries ago, with no telescopes, our tiny world was unaware of the cosmos, today we have the tools available to give us a cosmic perspective. To help gain this perspective, COSMOS takes viewers on a journey aboard the Ship of the Imagination, free from the shackles of space and time, so we can travel anywhere.
In this behind-the-scenes bonus footage, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson provides an exclusive look at how the producers decided to design the look of the new COSMOS, and how they re-imagined the Ship of Imagination. And while the ship has changed, the ground rules of the COSMOS adventure remain the same: test ideas by experiment and observation, build on those ideas that pass the test, reject the ones that fail, follow the evidence wherever it leads, and question everything. Accept these terms, and the cosmos is yours.
Ann Druyan, Seth MacFarlane and Bill Nye at Planetfest 2012