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A Traveler's Guide to the Planets 

A travel guide to the very alien planets of our Solar System.

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Bray Poor ...  Himself - Narrator 6 episodes, 2010


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to leave Earth? To lose sight of our home planet and go where no human has gone before? In 2010, blast-off with A Traveler's Guide to the Planets: a 6 x 50 minute documentary series exploring the pleasures and pitfalls of travel to the very alien planets of our own Solar System. What strange sights await you? What dangers must you avoid? A Traveler's Guide to the Planets visits the planets from two very personal perspectives: the direct experience of the people who have sent probes hurtling to all our cosmic neighbors now, and the viewpoint of any one of us who might dream of making a trip ourselves. Take a ringside seat to the splendors of the Solar System with A Traveler's Guide the Planets: an astronaut's guide to whole new worlds of possibility. Written by Richard Smith

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14 January 2010 (USA)  »

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Guia de Viagens Interplanetárias  »

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Terrific documentary.
22 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

I love a good science documentary, and as a science and scifi fan there's nothing better than to see the planets come to life and be explained in a lay person's manner that doesn't require a degree in astronomy or some other hard science.

A lot of the fact I actually understood, but I did not know the reasons for those facts. But this documentary explained nearly everything. I say nearly because there's a couple other documentaries that also look at the planets in our solar system and postulate about how we could visit them (if at all). This series does that, but doesn't quite go the whole distance as perhaps it could have.

And I think in the last couple of years there has been speculation of two giant worlds orbiting outside of Pluto that we can't see. One of them is brought up in this series, but not the other. I think from another National Geographic documentary there was allusion to a world that collided with our own, and where this series does mention that world, there isn't much coverage of it.

This series is also shot in high definition, so you can see people as they are meant to be seen, and you see and hear the scientists explain what the conditions are like on other worlds.

Really this is a great piece of science television. I hope National Geographic does another one. Maybe an update of what we understand about worlds, or perhaps talking about the planets we've seen outside our solar system orbiting other stars.

Truly, if you're into science and our solar system, then give this series a look.


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