Beautiful post, thanks. Kudos to Dr. Sagan for making such a difference in one student’s life!
Inspiration is all around us, if we but stop and take it in. As a child of the 60s I longed for space, longed to be up there — it wasn’t meant to be and I moved on to other things, but it never completely went away. Some years ago I wrote this small thing in response to a writing prompt about the grandeur of creation, and I humbly offer it in case it interests you.