(Vatican Radio) The President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno was presented on Thursday with the Carl Sagan Medal by the American Astronomical Society (AAS).
He received the award at the 46th annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences in Tucson, Arizona.
Carl Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and science commentator in astronomy and other natural sciences.
Speaking to Lydia O’Kane on receiving the Medal, Brother Consolmagno said, “First of all to have recognition of your peers is really amazing…but in addition I had met Carl Sagan when I was a young man and seen his enthusiasm… that changed everything for all of us because he showed us that it’s a good thing to show your enthusiasm…
The Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope, operated by the Vatican Observatory, is located, in southeastern Arizona's Pinaleno Mountains near Mount Graham.