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Why we should go to Mars, Carl Sagan, 1988-10-29 (part 2)

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Why we should go to Mars, Carl Sagan, 1988-10-29 (part 1)

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  • Why we should go to Mars


  • Sagan, Carl (Author)


  • -  Sagan, Carl
  • -  Mars (Planet)
  • -  Wells, H.G
  • -  Lowell, Percival
  • -  Edison, Thomas
  • -  War of the Worlds
  • -  Soviet Union
  • -  Space exploration
  • -  American Astronomical Society
  • -  Sound


  • Sound


  • -  Recording of a talk Carl Sagan gave at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Austin Texas. Sagan argues that a joint Mission to Mars with the Soviet Union could help avert global conflict. He touches on science fiction about Mars, including H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, and Garrett Severes' Edison's Conquest of Mars to consider connections between Mars, war and science. He also discusses Percival Lowell's idea's about canals on Mars.


  • Cassette Tape

Source Collection

  • The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive


  • Motion Picture, Broadcasting And Recorded Sound Division

Online Format

  • audio

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Sagan, Carl. Why we should go to Mars. 1988. Audio.

APA citation style:

Sagan, C. (1988) Why we should go to Mars. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Sagan, Carl. Why we should go to Mars. 1988. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.