Science and Technology

All around us is Earth's bounty - spectacular mountains, Caribbean blue oceans and abundant, delicious food crops. But what we can see is only a part of the riches Earth provides. Its hidden assets are some of our most important natural resources, and they have helped shape humankind. They are the metals that have built our modern cities and the fuels we need to power them. They are the sparkling gems whose beauty excites us and the many other minerals essential to the tools we use every day. We simply could not live our lives without these resources. This program takes us on a journey deep inside the Earth to uncover the mysteries of how these treasures were created, and explores how they have allowed humans to evolve and build great civilisations. As the quest continues, we are discovering that some of our treasures may soon run out. Looking deep into these ancient resources, we reveal new secrets that will help us solve the problems we face today. Their beauty has captivated us for millennia. Their cost can be extraordinary - some are even considered priceless. Precious gems like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, opal, and jade are the ultimate treasures of the earth, and each one is made from a specific - and often torturous - recipe of chemistry, pressure, and heat. The secrets to their sparkle, colour, and even strength lie deep inside the gems themselves, but could they also hold clues to one of the most enduring mysteries in the field of geology? From Tiffany's workshop in New York to the sapphire mines of Sri Lanka, from North Carolina's emerald fields to the jade-laden Forbidden City of China, join us as we explore the fascinating science of gems.

Treasures of the Earth

Science

Years 9-10, 11-12 Science
52:37
All around us is Earth's bounty - spectacular mountains, Caribbean blue oceans and abundant, delicious food crops. But what we can see is only a part of the riches Earth provides. Its hidden assets are some of our most important natural resources, and they have helped shape humankind. They are the metals that have built our modern cities and the fuels we need to power them. They are the sparkling gems whose beauty excites us and the many other minerals essential to the tools we use every day. We simply could not live our lives without these resources. This program takes us on a journey deep inside the Earth to uncover the mysteries of how these treasures were created, and explores how they have allowed humans to evolve and build great civilisations. As the quest continues, we are discovering that some of our treasures may soon run out. Looking deep into these ancient resources, we reveal new secrets that will help us solve the problems we face today. Their beauty has captivated us for millennia. Their cost can be extraordinary - some are even considered priceless. Precious gems like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, opal, and jade are the ultimate treasures of the earth, and each one is made from a specific - and often torturous - recipe of chemistry, pressure, and heat. The secrets to their sparkle, colour, and even strength lie deep inside the gems themselves, but could they also hold clues to one of the most enduring mysteries in the field of geology? From Tiffany's workshop in New York to the sapphire mines of Sri Lanka, from North Carolina's emerald fields to the jade-laden Forbidden City of China, join us as we explore the fascinating science of gems.
Since it's formation in the early '60s, NASA has continued to be the leading power in space exploration. Working with other space agencies, it has contributed substantially to the ongoing exploration of our universe, achieving incredible firsts that span the decades. This film comprehensively chronicles the finest moments in NASA's triumphant space program, reliving some of the most inspirational and famous moments that have captivated audiences and inspired generations around the world, over the last five decades. 1965, Ed White became the first American to leave his capsule in orbit. In just four years, Neil Armstrong steps from the ladder of his Lunar Module and becomes the first man to set foot on another world. Fast forward 30 years and the Mars Pathfinder lands safely on the Red Planet, beaming back incredible surface images of our closest planetary neighbour. Also including triumphs such as the Hubble Telescope, and the efforts of the crew that saved the astronauts of Apollo 13, this mini-series highlights some of the most memorable and pivotal moments within mankind's legacy. Using stunning NASA archive footage and featuring expert interviews with space scientists, NASA's 10 Greatest Achievements reveals the importance of space exploration and uncovers the ways in which this knowledge has benefited all of Mankind over the last five decades. Nowhere is our potential for greatness more clearly demonstrated than in our constant quest to explore the cosmos, and this mini-series highlights the finest moments in a 50-year quest.

NASA's 10 Greatest Achievements

Science, Design and technologies

Years 9-10, 11-12 Science, Design and technologies
52:33
Since it's formation in the early '60s, NASA has continued to be the leading power in space exploration. Working with other space agencies, it has contributed substantially to the ongoing exploration of our universe, achieving incredible firsts that span the decades. This film comprehensively chronicles the finest moments in NASA's triumphant space program, reliving some of the most inspirational and famous moments that have captivated audiences and inspired generations around the world, over the last five decades. 1965, Ed White became the first American to leave his capsule in orbit. In just four years, Neil Armstrong steps from the ladder of his Lunar Module and becomes the first man to set foot on another world. Fast forward 30 years and the Mars Pathfinder lands safely on the Red Planet, beaming back incredible surface images of our closest planetary neighbour. Also including triumphs such as the Hubble Telescope, and the efforts of the crew that saved the astronauts of Apollo 13, this mini-series highlights some of the most memorable and pivotal moments within mankind's legacy. Using stunning NASA archive footage and featuring expert interviews with space scientists, NASA's 10 Greatest Achievements reveals the importance of space exploration and uncovers the ways in which this knowledge has benefited all of Mankind over the last five decades. Nowhere is our potential for greatness more clearly demonstrated than in our constant quest to explore the cosmos, and this mini-series highlights the finest moments in a 50-year quest.
Since it's formation in the early '60s, NASA has continued to be the leading power in space exploration. Working with other space agencies, it has contributed substantially to the ongoing exploration of our universe, achieving incredible firsts that span the decades. This film comprehensively chronicles the finest moments in NASA's triumphant space program, reliving some of the most inspirational and famous moments that have captivated audiences and inspired generations around the world, over the last five decades. 1965, Ed White became the first American to leave his capsule in orbit. In just four years, Neil Armstrong steps from the ladder of his Lunar Module and becomes the first man to set foot on another world. Fast forward 30 years and the Mars Pathfinder lands safely on the Red Planet, beaming back incredible surface images of our closest planetary neighbour. Also including triumphs such as the Hubble Telescope, and the efforts of the crew that saved the astronauts of Apollo 13, this mini-series highlights some of the most memorable and pivotal moments within mankind's legacy. Using stunning NASA archive footage and featuring expert interviews with space scientists, NASA's 10 Greatest Achievements reveals the importance of space exploration and uncovers the ways in which this knowledge has benefited all of Mankind over the last five decades. Nowhere is our potential for greatness more clearly demonstrated than in our constant quest to explore the cosmos, and this mini-series highlights the finest moments in a 50-year quest.

NASA's 10 Greatest Achievements

Science, Design and technologies

Years 9-10, 11-12 Science, Design and technologies
53:06
Since it's formation in the early '60s, NASA has continued to be the leading power in space exploration. Working with other space agencies, it has contributed substantially to the ongoing exploration of our universe, achieving incredible firsts that span the decades. This film comprehensively chronicles the finest moments in NASA's triumphant space program, reliving some of the most inspirational and famous moments that have captivated audiences and inspired generations around the world, over the last five decades. 1965, Ed White became the first American to leave his capsule in orbit. In just four years, Neil Armstrong steps from the ladder of his Lunar Module and becomes the first man to set foot on another world. Fast forward 30 years and the Mars Pathfinder lands safely on the Red Planet, beaming back incredible surface images of our closest planetary neighbour. Also including triumphs such as the Hubble Telescope, and the efforts of the crew that saved the astronauts of Apollo 13, this mini-series highlights some of the most memorable and pivotal moments within mankind's legacy. Using stunning NASA archive footage and featuring expert interviews with space scientists, NASA's 10 Greatest Achievements reveals the importance of space exploration and uncovers the ways in which this knowledge has benefited all of Mankind over the last five decades. Nowhere is our potential for greatness more clearly demonstrated than in our constant quest to explore the cosmos, and this mini-series highlights the finest moments in a 50-year quest.
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