Linda Salzman Sagan

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Salzman's illustration on the Pioneer plaque. This image is NASA's censored version of Salzman's original illustration, which included the female external genitalia.

Linda Salzman (July 16, 1940 – November 22, 2023) was an American artist and writer.


Salzman Sagan created the artwork for the plaque on the Pioneer spacecraft[1] and coproduced the Voyager Golden Record.[2]

Salzman Sagan co-authored the book Murmurs of Earth with her husband, astronomer Carl Sagan, whom she married on April 6, 1968; the marriage lasted until their divorce in 1981.[3]

Salzman Sagan was the mother of author and screenwriter Nick Sagan.[2]

Linda Salzman Sagan died in Ithaca, New York, on November 22, 2023, at the age of 83.[4]

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  1. ^ A newspaper article written in The Spokesman Review published: Feb 24, 1972 retrieved 18:50, 8th of July 2010
  2. ^ a b From a critical essay - Moss, Alexandra (author), published: November 1, 2003 [dead link]
  3. ^ Head, Tom (ed.) Conversations with Carl Sagan, pp. xxii, xiv (University Press of Mississippi 2006) (ISBN 978-1578067367)
  4. ^ Linda Sagan Obituary