I think that this is a wonderful idea. NASA and space exploration in gerneral needs more of a face, or champion that can bring attention to it.
The times I have heard Sagan speak on TV he always caused me to think…what are the possibilities? Is there live out there, are we alone? …and I think that is something that we need to energize younger minds.
In an effort to find the next Carl Sagan, someone who can not only inspire the next generation of space scientists but also make the discipline more popular again, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is creating the Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships in Exoplanet Exploration.