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Carl Sagan speech, 1990-05 (part 2)

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Carl Sagan speech, 1990-05 (part 1)

About this Item


  • Commencement Address


  • Sagan, Carl (Author)

Created / Published

  • 1990-05


  • -  Sagan, Carl
  • -  Extraterrestrial life
  • -  Space exploration
  • -  Environmentalism
  • -  Ozone Layer
  • -  Sound


  • Sound


  • -  A commencement address Carl Sagan gave to sudents graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sagan breifly describes advances in the study of planets in our solar system over the previous thirty years. Noting the lack of life in our solar system, he suggests the need to appreciate how precious life is here on Earth. Sagan stresses the need scientific literacy for the public to deal with global environmental issues, like ozone depletion, and nuclear proliferation. The two recordings document the morning and afternoon versions of the address.


  • 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. Commencement Address. -05, 1990. Audio.

APA citation style:

Sagan, C. (1990) Commencement Address. -05. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Sagan, Carl. Commencement Address. -05, 1990. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.