Greg Quicke shares how he came to realise that the solar system was just as predictable as his beloved Harley Davidson. Using basic stargazing skills, he shows how to locate a key navigation point: the South Celestial Pole.
So far, the panel of experts has found their assignment a struggle. As the unique study now reaches its climax, the tests become more challenging and the panel is faced with their final decision. Members of the group risk being labelled with a mental illness they don't have.
To build a future Martian colony is one of the biggest technological challenges that humankind has ever faced. This is due to a number of difficulties, such as, the vast distance meaning space flight will take six to nine months. The extremely thin Martian atmosphere means we must develop different landing techniques to get to the Martian surface. This combined with the amount of radiation could mean lethal consequences on human health... but will it be our only option?
This is a gripping tale of distant desperation and heroics. When an oxygen leak threatened the lives of three astronauts, the mission became a life or death attempt to get them home safely, organised by people 200,000 miles away. With limited power and supplies on board the spacecraft, NASA teams worked around the clock to engineer creative solutions to overcome carbon dioxide poisoning, dehydration, and the freezing temperatures of deep space to ensure the crew's survival. Using spectacular footage, exclusive interviews with Apollo's space scientists and stunning visual effects, this film explores 13 remarkable factors that brought the crew safely home. Explore the full story of the courage and ingenuity that cemented Apollo 13 as NASA's finest hour.
Dr Michael Mosley and Professor Alice Roberts investigate if male and female brains really are wired differently. New research suggests that the connections in men and women's brains follow different patterns, patterns which may explain typical forms of male and female behaviour. But are these patterns innate, or are they shaped by the world around us? Using a team of human lab rats and a troop of barbary monkeys, Michael and Alice test the science and challenge old stereotypes. They ask whether this new scientific research will benefit both men and women - or whether it could drive the sexes even further apart.
The team uncover alarming evidence that drinking alcohol can lead to cancer. But can the damage be reversed? Shalin quits booze for a month with surprising results, and Sandro road-tests confronting warning labels.
'Space Gandalf' Greg Quicke shares the stargazing discovery that inspired him to become an astronomer: How to observe the rotation of the Earth in space, by watching a handful of easily observable stars.
An extreme mission to the unexplored volcanoes of one of the world's most dangerous areas. Can the team uncover secrets that could save countless lives? Towering above the hostile border between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda are the Virunga Mountains, home to some of the least explored volcanoes in the world. Continuous wars and devastating natural disasters have made these volcanoes impossible to reach. Now a team of brave scientists and mountaineers are on a mission to study one of the world's most dangerous areas.
The team pass lava-destroyed cities to reach the summit of the temperamental Nyiragongo volcano. Here they spend three days facing extreme temperatures and bubbling lava while living inside the crater, potentially answering geology's biggest questions: What drives the movement of tectonic plates? Can the team find a way to predict when the volcano will erupt?
Ten Australians from a rich variety of backgrounds, from right across the country, have all agreed to take part in a bold and daring study in the hope of breaking down this stigma. Over the course of the program, they'll take part in a series of specially designed tests. The group will be under the gaze of experts who face the daunting task of working out who's been diagnosed as mentally ill and who has not. The 10 are arriving from right across Australia. A rural retreat on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria will be their home for the next week. All have been through rigorous psychiatric screening and declared as fit to take part.
Is growing old and frail inevitable? Sandro discovers how to stay younger for longer, Shalin shows fun ways to stave off dementia, and Caroline breaks down menopause myths by throwing an unusual party.
Witness the incredible innovations and technical advancements that went into the making of David Attenborough's TV series, Conquest of the Skies.
Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews actor Jeremy Irons and director Matt Brown about their film The Man Who Knew Infinity before being joined by mathematician Ken Ono to discuss the beauty of math.
Climate change, overpopulation and depletion of natural resources are all factors which may force humankind to look for another habitat. One suggestion as a possible site for human colonisation, is to settle on asteroids, the potential first step of space colonisation. There are several companies currently developing mining technology that will allow this in the near future.
Theoretical physicist and bestselling author Brian Greene joins Neil deGrasse Tyson and philosopher David Chalmers to discuss everything from quantum mechanics to the nature of reality.
On September 15, 2017, in a final quest to learn about the rings of Saturn, Cassini will plunge between the planet and the inner edges of its rings. This will be the beginning of the end for the Cassini mission.
A definitive, prime time guide, this program offers a fresh look at an amazing organisation and mankind's quest to understand the universe. Blending stunningly restored footage with revealing, insightful and engaging interviews with the people who were there - the astronauts, family members and journalists - this is an epic story of the heroes, the triumphs and the tragedies of space exploration. Starting with NASA's beginnings in the Cold War, the series follows the iconic moments of space exploration from the race to get the first man in space to the first steps on the moon. And with triumph and achievement comes risk and disaster, as the series follows the white-knuckle suspense of Apollo 13 and the tragedy of the shuttle Challenger. Intelligent, inspiring and accessible, The Space Age is a complete history of mankind's journey into space.
Back to the Future actor Christopher Lloyd and Dr Who actress Michelle Gomez join Neil deGrasse Tyson and physicist Michio Kaku to discuss the science fiction and the facts of time travel, black holes and parallel universes.
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