Space fans have been waiting a long time for a sequel to Carl Sagan’s groundbreaking documentary series Cosmos — 33 years, to be exact. Next year they’ll finally get that long-awaited follow-up, and it’ll be hosted by everyone’s favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which will air on Fox in 2014, is meant to take the groundwork of Sagan’s brilliant 1980 series and expand it for modern audiences. It will also, according to Tyson, build on that show’s ability to be more than just a televised science book.

“[Cosmos] spent time learning—exploring—how to make science matter to you, as a human being, as a citizen, as a species with the capacity to reflect on its own existence. And those kind of messages are timeless,” Tyson told reporters following a screening of the documentary at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “They’re layered onto whatever is the science of the day, but it’s the science of the day that gives us knowledge about how to think about our place in the universe.”

[MORE: Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Long-Awaited Cosmos Sequel Tells ‘Greatest Story Ever Told’]

(Source: Wired)

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