Wednesday, November 26, 2014

BBC - The Planets

BBC The Planets is a 7-hour miniseries produced by the BBC and A&E and released in 1999. It documents the Solar System and its nature, formation, and discovery by humans during the space age. The series of eight episodes includes a substantial amount of archival footage from both the United States and Soviet space programs. It also depicts the Solar System through computer graphics.

Links to full episodes streaming video on Dailymotion, below:

Episode 1: Different World - The first episode covers the early attempts at space travel and the development of rocket technology.

Episode 2: Terra Firma - The story of the terrestrial planets and their exploration.

Episode 3 : Giants Looking at the giant planets of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and the journeys of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2.

Episode 4 : Moon - Detailing the moon and the race to reach it during the "Space race" years.

Episode 5 : Star - Concentrating on the Sun, the early belief in it being a god and the science behind its behavior.

Episode 6: Atmosphere - A look at the atmosphere of our planet and those in the rest of the Solar System.

Episode 7: Life - A journey into looking for life on other planets and trying to find if life elsewhere really does exist

Episode 8: Destiny - The final episode explores the future of the solar system, plus research into extrasolar planets.