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'Cosmos' explores space in series airing on multiple networks

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Fox Networks

"Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" premiered on multiple Fox TV networks on Sunday, March 9, 2014. The premiere episode, "Standing Up in the Milky Way," along with special bonus footage, encores on Monday, March 10 on National Geographic Channel.

The 13 episode series about the universe space exploration will continue to air on Sunday and Monday nights. The episodes air on Sunday (9-10 p.m. ET/PT) across multiple U.S. Fox networks, including Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, FX, FXX, FXM, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and FOX Life. National Geographic Channel will encore the episodes on Monday (10- 11 p.m. ET/PT).

Host and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sets the stage, teaching viewers about the infinite universe by taking the Ship of the Imagination to discover earth’s Cosmic Address and its coordinates in space in time. Viewers get a brief history lesson, meeting Renaissance Italy’s Giordano Bruno, a monk who had a spiritual epiphany about the infinite expanse of the universe during a time when the sky was considered finite. Tyson walks across the Cosmic Calendar, on which all of time has been compressed into a year-at-a-glance calendar, from the Big Bang to the moment humans first make their appearance on the planet in an encore of the “Standing Up in the Milky Way."

The new series takes advantage of new methods of scientific storytelling and photography to present a universe that tickles the imagination.

Three decades after Carl Sagan hosted the series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson guides viewers through space. Seth MacFarland ("Family Guy") teamed with Sagan's original creative collaborators Druyan and Soter to conceive the updated series that serves as a successor to the original series, which won Emmy and Peabody awards.

The original series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" first premiered in September 1980 on PBS, and for 10 years was the most watched series ever on public television in America. Based on his book of the same name, and written for television by Sagan, Ann Druyan and Steven Soter, the series was a stunning and iconic exploration of the universe as revealed by science that took viewers through a galaxy of topics to help explain the universe, bringing science to the mainstream by explaining complex theories that could be comprehended by non-scientiest and students. Among the areas explored are the life cycle of stars, genetics, laws of planetary motion, the journey to Mars, the search for intelligent life beyond Earth and the big bang theory.

Journalist Soledad O'Brien joins "Live from Space" on NGC