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Assignment Universe Donates GalileoScopes to Texas Students
July 01, 2015

My education advocacy organization Assignment Universe​ recently received six GalileoScopes. These cool telescopes are now in the hands of my aspiring scientists that study music at Dawson Music Education​!

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PRESS RELEASE: Gene Kranz - Mission Control: Tough and Competent
July 20, 2014

I would like to find some way to sufficiently challenge a new generation of people. To get them out of the “I” mode into the “we” mode. To make them want to do something rather than be something. I would like to give young people the same dream that we had. - Gene Kranz (1999)

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Gene Kranz - Mission Control: Tough and Competent
July 21, 2014

I would like to find some way to sufficiently challenge a new generation of people. To get them out of the “I” mode into the “we” mode. To make them want to do something rather than be something. I would like to give young people the same dream that we had. – Gene Kranz (1999)

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Carl Sagan - An Appeal for Enlightenment
November 10, 2014

"Science, I maintain, is an absolutely essential tool for any society with a hope of surviving well into the next century with its fundamental values intact - not just science as engaged in by its practitioners, but science understood and embraced by the entire human community. And if science…

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Carl Sagan - The Dragons of Eden (Retrospective)
June 30, 2014

"The universe is intricate and elegant. We wrest secrets from nature by the most unlikely routes…Without funding basic research, without supporting the acquisition of knowledge for its own sake, our options become dangerously limited. Without…scientific research, we are in the position of…

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Unafraid of the Dark
June 29, 2014

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey gives a final message using as inspiration spacecraft Voyager’s Interstellar ‘Golden Record.’ Cosmos Executive producer Ann Druyan created ‘The Golden Record’ and is a interstellar recording of life on the Earth. The final Cosmos episode “Unafraid of the Dark”…

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Unafraid of the Dark
June 29, 2014

“It’s ok to not know all the answers. It’s better to admit our ignorance than to believe answers that might be wrong. Pretending to know everything closes the door to finding out what’s really there.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Carl Sagan - Cosmos: A Personal Voyage
June 29, 2014

“We are releasing vast quantities of carbon dioxide…increasing the greenhouse effect. It my not take much to destabilize the Earth’s climate…to convert this heaven, our only home in the cosmos, into a kind of hell.” - Carl Sagan

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - The World Set Free
June 29, 2014

"More solar energy falls on Earth in one hour than all the energy our civilization consumes in an entire year. If we could harness a tiny fraction of the available solar and wind power, we could supply all our energy needs forever. It’s Not Too Late. - Neil deGrasee Tyson

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Lard MacFarlane
June 29, 2014

I was wondering when the humor of Seth MacFarlane would find its way into COSMOS: A Spacetime Odyssey. A refined sense of humor, that guy has.

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Neil de Grasse Tyson, Science Literacy and the Legacy of Cosmos
June 28, 2014

“What is the rightful place of science literacy? It’s that as many people in this nation should be as science literate as possible so that they can make informed decisions about issues that affect the health and well being of this nation and of themselves.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - The Immortals
June 27, 2014

“Today we have a single global civilization. How long will it live? There are so many ways for a cilivization to die.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - The Immortals
June 28, 2014

"In one respect, we are ahead of the ancient people of Mesopotamia. Unlike them, we understand what is happening to our world. Yet our civilization is in the grip of denial. A kind paralysis. There’s a disconnect between what we know and what we do. Being able to adapt our behavior to…

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - The Immortals
June 27, 2014

“Are there any beings out there like us? Do they ask the same questions? Do they share our fears? Do they have heroes and adventurers?” - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - The Electric Boy
June 26, 2014

“Michael Faraday…created a series of Christmas Lectures on science for the young. Beginning in 1825 and continuing to this day.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - The Electric Boy
June 26, 2014

“By showing that an electro-magnetic force could manipulate light, Michael Faraday had discovered a deeper unity of nature. He had opened a door for Einstein and all the physicists that came after him to glimpse the interplay of hidden primal forces in the Universe.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Neil deGrasse Tyson - Poetry of Science
June 25, 2014

“I will never require you to believe anything. It will only ever be about how compelling the evidence is to you.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson (2010)

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth
June 25, 2014

COSMOS “The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth” is a cautionary tale addressed to the human species. Carl Sagan’s warning to us all is amplified by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson in the COSMOS reboot.

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Sisters of the Sun
June 24, 2014

“We pulled the stars from the skies and brought them down to Earth. But at what cost? When we turn on all these lights, we lost something precious…the Stars.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still
June 23, 2014

“The plants are softly breathing. With every breath we take we inhale as many molecules as there are stars in all the galaxies in the visible universe.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - The Clean Room
June 23, 2014

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Episode VII “The Clean Room” has clearly demonstrated through beautiful storytelling the life saga of geochemist Dr. Clair C. Patterson. "His research was cited by environmentalists and scientists who successfully lobbied for the enactment of the Clean Air Act of…

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Sisters of the Sun
June 24, 2014

Cosmos is really hitting its groove. “Sisters of the Sun” puts light on the women pioneers that transformed astrophysics and our understanding of the Universe. Cecilia Payne, Annie Jump Cannon and Henrietta Leavitt are some of the Ladies of Harvard’s Observatory Hill.

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Bill Nye: Big Man on Campus - Support the Planetary Society!
June 23, 2014

There’s nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering…for a better tomorrow, for all humankind. I’m not kidding. - Bill Nye.

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Hiding in the Light
June 21, 2014

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Episode V “Hiding in the Light” - is beautiful and elegant like E=mc2 or Gershwin’s “American in Paris.”

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - Hiding in the Light
June 23, 2014

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey Episode V “Hiding in the Light” - tells the story of abused child turned scientific genius Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787–1826). He is credited with inventing the field of astronomical spectroscopy and, along with English chemist William Hyde Wollaston, codified the…

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - The World Set Free
July 09, 2014

“More solar energy falls on Earth in one hour than all the energy our civilization consumes in an entire year. If we could harness a tiny fraction of the available solar and wind power, we could supply all our energy needs forever. It’s not too late.” - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - A Sky Full of Ghosts
June 20, 2014

“Give a kid a book and you change the world. In a way, even the universe” - Neil deGrasse Tyson (Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - A Sky Full of Ghosts)

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield
June 19, 2014
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Dreaming Like Carl Sagan
August 13, 2013

Until we comprehensively educate our entire planet, we will continue to live in Dr. Carl Sagan’s demon-haunted world – a world ruled by irrational superstitions and run by technology we can no longer comprehend.

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REVIEW: Dallas Symphony President JFK Memorial Concert
November 22, 2013

Creating a musical work to mark the 50th Anniversary of the “most traumatic historical event” of our time certainly challenged Mr. Tao. However, Tao succeeded in creating a musical tone poem that captured the emotions of the horrific event while balancing that horror with intervals of inner…

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New Logo for Assignment Universe
July 12, 2013
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Gene Kranz - NASA Flight Director Interview Transcript
August 16, 2012

I would like to find some way to sufficiently challenge a new generation of people. To get them out of the “I” mode into the “we” mode. To make them want to do something rather than be something. I would like to give young people the same dream that we had.

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Journey to Space Coast USA - We Are Children of NASA
August 21, 2012

“HERE MEN FROM THE PLANET EARTH FIRST SET FOOT UPON THE MOON JULY 1969, A.D. WE CAME IN PEACE FOR ALL MANKIND” - We are children of NASA.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson - We Stopped Dreaming
August 19, 2012
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Mars Is Not a Planet
August 14, 2012

Mars is arguably the most inspirational of all the planets of the solar system.

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Carl Sagan: The Baloney Detection Kit
September 25, 2012

Carl Sagan is one of the most famous scientists of the 20th Century. Perhaps the most important book he ever wrote was The Demon Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson and Jackie Robinson
June 19, 2014
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Mars Scientific Laboratory Curiosity on Red Planet
August 06, 2012

NASA… …remind(s) us how amazing humans can be when they work together for a common purpose. Peaceful application of technology in the spirit of exploration and adventure. Congratulations!

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From NASA: Monitoring Curiosity Landing
August 06, 2012
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Dare Mighty Things: Curiosity on Mars - Film Tribute
August 07, 2012

Brandon Fibbs creates short form films that express his support of science and space exploration.

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Welcome to Assignment Universe - Moments of Perfect Beauty
August 03, 2012

With great pleasure I welcome everyone to Assignment Universe. I will be writing about subjects I love. I will be writing about subjects I love. Music, film, arts, science, and how these disciplines relate to one another. In the specialized society in which we live, it’s easy to forget how these…

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For All Humanity - Spirit Of Apollo
May 31, 2013

On September 12, 1962 President John F. Kennedy delivered one of the most inspirational and prescient policy speeches in world history. Penny4NASA, Space Advocates and Assignment Universe wishes to remind the world of the achievements of the United States space effort.

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Podcast - Dreams Become Careers
August 04, 2012

Dreams Become Careers - Assignment Universe produces its first podcast which features biographies of NASA astronauts Sally Ride and Neil Armstrong.

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