Thursday, August 7, 2014

Finding Life Beyond Earth

Join us today on Far Future Horizons as we embark on a spectacular journey to the distant reaches of our solar system to discover where  life may lie hidden and waiting to be discovered.

Combining the latest telescope images with dazzling CGI animation, this documentary immerses the audience in the sights and sounds of alien worlds, while top astrobiologists explain how these places are changing how we think about the potential for life in our solar system. 

Lifeforms Floating in Jupiter's Atmosphere

We used to think our neighbouring planets and moons were fairly boring, mostly cold, dead rocks where life could never take hold. Today, however, the solar system looks wilder and more fascinating than we even dared imagine. 

Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan

Powerful telescopes and unmanned space missions have revealed a wide range of dynamic environments, with atmospheres thick with organic molecules, active volcanoes, and vast saltwater oceans. 

Artist's concept of the cryobot (a thermal drill) and its deployed 'hydrobot' submersible

This ongoing revolution is forcing scientists to expand their ideas about what kinds of worlds could support life. If we do find primitive life forms elsewhere in the solar system, it may well be that life is common in the universe and the rule, not the exception.

If you care to add NOVA, Finding Life Beyond Earth  to your video library it is available on DVD from the Public Broadcasting Service’s online shop.

NOVA ~ Finding Life Beyond Earth 
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