The Planets is an educational miniseries produced by the BBC and A&E and released in 1999. It documents the Solar System and its nature, formation, and discovery by humans during the space age. The series of eight episodes includes a substantial amount of archival footage from both the United States and Soviet space programs. It also depicts the Solar System through computer graphics. There were a total of eight episodes produced for the series. The series featured appearances from famous pioneering space scientists and explorers, and was narrated by Samuel West.
List of episodesEdit
|1||Different Worlds||The first episode covers the early attempts at space travel and the development of rocket technology.|
|2||Terra Firma||The story of the terrestrial planets and their exploration.|
|3||Giants||Looking at the giant planets of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and the journeys of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2.|
|4||Moon||Detailing the moon and the race to reach it during the "Space race" years.|
|5||Star||Concentrating on the Sun, the early belief in it being a god and the science behind its behaviour.|
|6||Atmosphere||A look at the atmosphere of our planet and those in the rest of the Solar System.|
|7||Life||A journey into looking for life on other planets and trying to find if life elsewhere really does exist.|
|8||Destiny||The final episode explores the future of the solar system, plus research into extrasolar planets.|
The DVD of the series was released on 24 January 2000.