Carl Sagan was a seminal influence on my childhood. Well, teenhood. Cosmos (the original) still holds up as a joyful immersion in the mysteries of life and journey into space.
The need for contemplation and wonder is vital to art creation. Our curiosity to explore encompasses our need to create, the two are linked. And indulging exploration of any kind informs the work.
Keep searching, feeding curiosity, cultivating wonder.