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Alien Planet (2005)

The CGI or computer animated drama/documentary takes place on Darwin IV, a planet 6.5 light years from earth, with 2 suns and 60% of Earth's gravity. Having identified Darwin as a world ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Wayne D. Barlowe Wayne D. Barlowe ... Himself
Curtis Clark Curtis Clark ... Himself
James Garvin James Garvin ... Himself
Jamie Hanes Jamie Hanes ... Himself (as Jamie Haines)
Stephen Hawking ... Himself
Jack Horner Jack Horner ... Himself
Joan Horvath Joan Horvath ... Herself
Michio Kaku ... Himself
James Kirkland James Kirkland ... Himself
George Lucas ... Himself
John C. McGinley ... Narrator
Victoria Meadows Victoria Meadows ... Herself
David Moriarty David Moriarty ... Himself
Randy Pollock Randy Pollock ... Himself
J. Craig Venter J. Craig Venter ... Himself
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The CGI or computer animated drama/documentary takes place on Darwin IV, a planet 6.5 light years from earth, with 2 suns and 60% of Earth's gravity. Having identified Darwin as a world that could support life, Earth sends a pilot mission consisting of the Mothership Von Braun and three probes: Balboa, Da Vinci, and Newton. This robotic fleet is responsible for finding and assessing any life forms on Darwin IV. Initially, the expectation is to find microscopic life, but the probes soon find themselves in the middle of a developed ecosystem teeming with diversity of life of all sizes. The drama on Darwin IV is motivated by real science missions, such as the NASA Origins Program and the NASA / JPL Planet-Finder Mission, as well as the European Space Agency's Darwin Project. "Alien Planet " is a cosmic expedition along side Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Jack Horner, Craig Venter, and George Lucas, and NASA's Chief Scientist Jim Garvin. No longer just the domain of science fiction, "Alien... Written by Anonymous

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Idegen bolygó See more »

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Iceland See more »

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Dolby Digital

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The program was based on the work of science fiction writer and illustrator Wayne D. Barlowe, specifically the alien lifeforms presented in his 1990 speculative fiction book "Expedition: Being an Account in Words and Artwork of the 2358 A.D. Voyage to Darwin IV". The main difference is that the book is presented from the writer's point of view, as if he were an explorer on an alien planet, whereas this documentary focuses on robotic exploration probes. See more »

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A real flight of fancy - with an achilles heal
15 May 2005 | by tauceti96See all my reviews

An intriguing and engaging exploration of an alien world. The CGI was excellent all around with some breathtaking views of the flora and fauna of Darwin IV, a world about 6 light years from earth. It really was fun to watch. The achilles heal alluded to in the summary is the overly optimistic view of our ability to build the software necessary to carry out this venture. I'm a programmer with 12 years experience and I can tell you in no uncertain terms we are not even close to being able to program an AI like Leo. Every "breakthrough" in software development productivity since the move from assembly to C in the early 1970s has been a big gimmick. We need at least one and probably two massive breakthroughs on the same order to pull it off and I gotta tell you, I haven't seen any sign of it even on the distant horizon. Maybe someday this trip will be feasible, but not until software construction is as second nature as bridge building.

Still, all in all, definitely worth watching.


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