Space: Journey into the Unknown (Episode 1): Global Science Series
Catalogue Number: A296-S05-01
Producer: T2MP and Reuters
Subject: Astronomy, Documentary, Physics, Science
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2020
Running Time: 51:39
Just like the first explorers took the sea in search of new continents, in what was seen as crazy endeavor, space explorers look for new planets, with ever greater risks.
Astronomers from all around the globe turn their gaze to the stars to understand and unveil the mysteries of the skies. Our own Solar System, although, well-mapped, remains a terra incognita. Each of its planets has never felt the steps of a human emissary. This year, survey missions flew over the stark landscapes of Pluto, probes plummeted to their death in the storms of Jupiter and brought back mesmerizing pictures. But one planet, our close neighbor, is crystallizing the hopes of ever claiming a new world. Mars, the red planet, is the prize of a scientific race.
In the UK, rovers hone their skills to drive effortlessly on the Martian ridges, as in Japan, water hunting robots are ready to train on the moon first. Past the planets, over our little corner of universe, billions of billions of worlds await. Satellites and probes embark on life-long journey, some to rendezvous with an asteroid, others to learn more about exoplanets. But each of every one of these machines bears the marks of human inventiveness, such as origami-based antennae, foldable heat shields or state of the art AI pilots.
The race to the stars rages on, international groups and private efforts stimulate one another, to the point where what was a dream is soon to be a reality. Thanks to inventors, scientists and engineers, this final frontier might be humanity’s most beautiful conquest.
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