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Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science

Engaging the public in the romance of space exploration is an integral part of The Planetary Society's mission. With his landmark television series Cosmos, Planetary Society co-founder Carl Sagan fueled the imagination of millions of viewers around the world. To honor the innovators who follow in this tradition of presenting science and scientists in an accurate, yet entertaining and enthralling, way, The Planetary Society created the Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science.

Thank you to the M.R. & Evelyn Hudson Foundation for the generous grant that launched this award.

Our Awardees

2005 Honoree James Cameron

Filmmaker James Cameron was awarded the first Cosmos Award in recognition of his IMAX films that have allowed audiences to join true-life adventures with real explorers that are as exciting as any fictional plot that Hollywood could devise.

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2007 Honoree Paula Apsel

The 2007 Cosmos Award for Outstanding Public Presentation of Science was presented October 19, 2007 in New York City to Paula Apsel, Senior Executive Producer of the Emmy Award-winning series NOVA

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2010 Honoree Dr. Stephen Hawking

Through his books, television series and public lectures, Dr. Stephen Hawking, our 2010 Cosmos Award honoree, has engaged the public for over 20 years in some of the most profound questions of our existence – from the origins of the universe to the nature of black holes.

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2015 Honoree Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil's lifelong passion for science, space exploration, and the quest to understand the universe’s far-flung mysteries fuels his prolific career as a popularizer of science. What makes this particular award presentation truly remarkable for all of us is as a 17-year old Neil was deciding where to pursue his education in space sciences, Carl, our co-founder, personally reached out to Neil to help set him on his path.

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