Tuesday, July 26, 2011

BBC: "Voyage to the Planets and Beyond"

Warner Home video distributes a BBC/Discovery two-part series “Voyage to the Planets and Beyond” (2005).

A British crew makes a six year voyage, landing on Venus, Mars, and Io (the moon of Jupiter) and flying through the atmosphere of Jupiter.

I was disappointed that it doesn’t spend more time on Io or doesn’t “land” on Titan (it shows it from a distance), but instead visits desolate Pluto.   Cassini landed a probe on Titan in early 2005, remember.

Venus is appropriately brown and desolate, but the scenery doesn’t really show how an ultra thick atmosphere would affect what you can see, possibly causing a total “wrap around”.   It does provide a warning on global warming.  What happened to Venus is a “natural tragedy”.  And the runaway greenhouse effect may have occurred less than a billion years ago.  Maybe there was life there before.

Toward the end of the film, a crew member dies, and the crew has to deal with a memorial in deep space.
The two-episode film (2 one hour episodes) is directed by Joe Ahearne.

Best site from BBC is here.

Here’s a video from a related film on YouTube:


Wikipedia attribution link for surface of Pluto.

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