Take A Journey To Worlds Beyond Your Imagination
Country of origin
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
producer(s) John Lynch
390 min. (8 episodes)
– 17 June 1999
is an educational miniseries produced by the The Planets BBC and A&E and released in 1999. The series was remastered in 2004. 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.
Episodes [ edit ]
29 April 1999
The first episode covers the early attempts at space travel and the development of rocket technology.
6 May 1999
The story of the
terrestrial planets and their exploration.
13 May 1999
Looking at the giant planets of
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and the journeys of Voyager 1 and Voyager 2.
20 May 1999
Detailing the moon and the race to reach it during the "Space race" years.
27 May 1999
Concentrating on the
Sun, the early belief in it being a god and the science behind its behaviour.
3 June 1999
A look at the atmosphere of our planet and those in the rest of the Solar System.
10 June 1999
A journey into looking for life on other planets and trying to find if life elsewhere really does exist.
17 June 1999
The final episode explores the future of the solar system, plus research into
Commentators in episode 1 include
Hal Levison, George Wetherill, and David Levy.
Commentators in episode 5 include
Douglas Gough. Angelo Secchi is said to pioneer the field spectroscopy.
DVD release [ edit ]
The DVD of the series was released on 24 January 2000.
A hardcover book accompanying the series broadcast was released on 22 April 1999.
 The Planets. David McNab and James Younger. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-08044-5
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