On Sunday, President Barack Obama introduced the Fox television broadcast of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. President Obama screened Cosmos at the White House Student Film Festival, where he spoke about how NASA had reported it discovered 700 new planets, and he advocated empowering students by providing them with the technology to widen their exploration options.

At the screening, he cited one case where students, Gabrielle Nafie and Miles Pilchik from ScienceTech Kids in New York, created satellites with a 3-D printer and launched them into space on a giant balloon.

“When I was in elementary school, I was not launching satellites into space,” President Obama said.

My science project was just a light bulb being lit connected to a dry cell battery.

During the introduction, President Obama re-emphasized how explorers such as the students at the festival make America a country of endless discovery and exploration.

“America has always been a nation of fearless explorers, who dreamed bigger and reached farther than others imagined” President Obama said. “That’s the spirit of discovery that Carl Sagan captured in the original Cosmos. ”