NOVA: The Planets

Season 1
 (404)2019TV-PG
From the rocky inner worlds to the gas giants, every planet of our solar system has a fascinating story. Their extreme features give us clues to how the solar system formed—and what hope there may be for life on other worlds.
Starring
Zachary Quinto
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]

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  1. 1. Inner Worlds
    July 23, 2019
    53min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    The rocky planets were born of similar material around the same time. Yet only one of them supports life. Were Earth's neighbors always so extreme and is there somewhere else in the solar system life might flourish?
  2. 2. Mars
    July 23, 2019
    53min
    TV-G
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    Mars was once a blue water-world with active volcanoes. But when its magnetic field and protective atmosphere faded, it became the frozen desert planet we know today. With so many necessary elements in place, did life ever form on Mars?
  3. 3. Jupiter
    July 30, 2019
    52min
    TV-G
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    Jupiter’s gravitational force made it a wrecking ball when it barreled through the early solar system. But it also shaped life on Earth, delivering comets laden with water—and perhaps even the fateful asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs.
  4. 4. Saturn
    August 6, 2019
    53min
    TV-G
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    NASA’s Cassini explores Saturn for 13 years, looping through its icy rings and its moons. The probe captures stunning ring-moon interactions, but when it finds the ingredients for life on the moon Enceladus, a bittersweet decision is made.
  5. 5. Ice Worlds
    August 13, 2019
    52min
    TV-G
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English, English [Audio Description]
    In the far reaches of the solar system, Uranus and Neptune dazzle with unexpected rings, supersonic winds, and dozens of moons. And NASA’s New Horizons gets a stunning up-close view of Pluto before venturing deep into the Kuiper Belt.

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Directors
Martin JohnsonStephen CooterNic Stacey
Producers
Nic StaceyZoe HeronGideon BradshawMartin JohnsonStephen CooterPaula S. ApsellJulia CortChris SchmidtAndrew CohenMelanie Wallace
Season year
2019
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PBS
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