The Planets (1999)

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The Planets is a made for television documentary series that explores in depth the planets that make up our solar system.

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Mark Halliley ...
 Himself - Narrator (8 episodes, 1999)
Boris Chertok ...
 Himself - Rocket Designer / ... (3 episodes, 1999)
Charles Conrad ...
 Himself - Commander, Apollo 12 / ... (3 episodes, 1999)
Carolyn Porco ...
 Herself - Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Arizona / ... (3 episodes, 1999)
Sasha Basilevsky ...
 Himself - Geologist / ... (2 episodes, 1999)
Eugene Cernan ...
 Himself / ... (2 episodes, 1999)
Imre Friedmann ...
 Himself - Florida State University (2 episodes, 1999)
Douglas Gough ...
 Himself - Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University (2 episodes, 1999)
William Hartmann ...
 Himself - Planetary Science Institute, Arizona / ... (2 episodes, 1999)
Nikita Khrushchev ...
 Himself (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1999)
Sergei Khrushchev ...
 Himself - Brown University, Rhode Island (2 episodes, 1999)
Mikhail Marov ...
 Himself - Russian Academy of Sciences / ... (2 episodes, 1999)
Chris McKay ...
 Himself - NASA AMES Research Centre / ... (2 episodes, 1999)
Bruce Murray ...
 Himself - Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 1976-1982 (2 episodes, 1999)
Carl Sagan ...
 Himself - Astronomer (archive footage) (2 episodes, 1999)
Arnold Selivanov ...
 Himself - Russian Institute for Space Instruments / ... (2 episodes, 1999)
Brad Smith ...
 Himself - Astronomer / ... (2 episodes, 1999)
Larry Soderblom ...
 Himself - US Geological Survey, Arizona (2 episodes, 1999)
Gerry Soffen ...
 Himself - Viking Mission Scientist (2 episodes, 1999)
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The Planets is a made for television documentary series that explores in depth the planets that make up our solar system.

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excellent series, but already dated
24 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This BBC series released in 1999 is an excellent source of information on our solar system. We are fortunate to be living at a time when so much is being revealed about our neighboring worlds.

But as more information comes in at an ever-increasing rate, it is always a matter of a 'snapshot' of what was known at the time the series was produced. 1999 now seems like such a long time ago.

The Mars-rovers were still in the works, as was Cassini-Huygens, and thus there is no material from those missions.

And while many of the first-person interviews are interesting, I have a bit of an issue with wasting screen-time on a talking-head astronomer/planetary scientist gushing how "I was the first person to see (X or Y or Z), and that made me feel so special." I did not purchase this DVD set in order to hear someone stroke their own ego.

And why was it felt necessary to re-dub the narration from a British male to an American female (who sounds just like NBC's Anne Curry)?


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