It has been decades since Photoshop has been around. And, what essentially took ages to 'achieve' with a picture, now takes seconds, all thanks to this genie called photoshop. Image manipulation today has become a norm. It's not just restricted to advertisements or corporates touching-up their product shoots. Like wind and atmosphere, it has now touched every corner of the digital world.
The world needs its engineers. They build what the human mind conceptualizes, they create things that did not exist before, and they advance human civilization, sometimes in neat and tidy increments, and sometimes in quantum jumps that seem out of this world.
Ever get the sense the world is in danger? In fairness there's probably not been a minute since the earth started spinning that we haven't been (big bangs are like that) but imminent trouble seems to be reaching Taylor Swift levels of proximity.
The first line up there includes the iconic words that Carl Sagan uttered when the original Cosmos - A Personal Voyage opened in the eighties. The second line opened the follow-up series titled Cosmos - A Spacetime Odyssey which aired last Sunday with Tyson as the host, who pays tribute to Sagan through these words.
Because India's most sophisticated Diwali rocket is perceived to be an exercise in technological and geopolitical showboating, Mangalyaan-1's headline-grabbing exploits obscure an objective appreciation of what is unquestionably one of the world's greatest single contributors to human development: ISRO, and the Indian space programme.