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Searching the cosmos in Carl Sagan's name at Cornell

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ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — The Cornell University institute searching for signs of life among the billions and billions of stars in the sky is being named for — who else? — Carl Sagan.

Cornell announced Saturday that the Carl Sagan Institute will honor the famous astronomer who taught there for three decades. Sagan was known for extolling the grandeur of the universe in books and shows like "Cosmos." He died in 1996 at age 62.

Researchers from different disciplines work together at the institute to search for signs of extraterrestrial life.

The institute was founded last year as the Institute for Pale Blue Dots as it geared up for work. The announcement Saturday morning by Ann Druyan, Sagan's wife and collaborator, represents the institute's official launch.

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