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For All Mankind - The Apollo Space Missions
For All Mankind tells the true story of the 24 men who travelled to the moon as the entire US watched in awe. Sorting through nearly one hundred hours of film and sound recordings recovered from NASA - shot between…
The Visit: An Alien Encounter
The Visit documents humanity's first encounter with intelligent life from another world. Filmmaker Michael Madsen interviews experts who work for little-known departments and agencies inside NASA, the United Nations, SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, England's Ministry of Defense and…
Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants
This film is about Galileo Galilei (Michael Moriarty from the TV series "Law and Order") who was an Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician who played a major role in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. He has…
Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth and Human Transformation
One day on a Greek island, and your view of the universe will change forever... Ask acclaimed author and evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme about our role as humans in this awe-inspiring universe, and his insights will light up the…
Women in Space
Part of the Series: Makers: Women Who Make America
PBS
Makers: Women in Space traces the history of women pioneers in the U.S. space program. Some, like aviators Wally Funk and Jerrie Cobb, passed the same grueling tests as male astronauts, only to be dismissed by NASA, the military, and…
Spacetime Tells Matter How to Move
Episode 16 of Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime
See how gravity affects Minkowski's spacetime geometry, discovering that motion in a gravitational field follows the straightest path in curved spacetime. The curvature in spacetime is not caused by gravity; it is gravity. This startling idea is the essence of…
Earth From Space
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
Earth From Space is a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet. Produced in extensive consultation with NASA scientists, NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences, each one…
The Constellations and Their Stars
Episode 1 of Our Night Sky Series
Begin your study of the night sky by investigating the origin of the constellations: the traditional groupings of stars that mostly date to antiquity. The well-known constellation Orion illustrates the fascinating mix of beauty, mythology, and scientific knowledge to be…
Rise of the Drones
Part of the Series: NOVA
PBS
Drones. These unmanned flying robots-some as large as jumbo jets, others as small as birds-do things straight out of science fiction. Much of what it takes to get these robotic airplanes to fly, sense, and kill has remained secret. But…
How to Find an Exoplanet
Episode 2 of The Search for Exoplanets: What Astronomers Know
Given the extreme faintness of a planet relative to the star it orbits, how can astronomers possibly find it? Learn about direct and indirect methods of detection. As an example of the indirect method, discover why a planet causes a…
Why Study Exoplanets?
Episode 1 of The Search for Exoplanets: What Astronomers Know
Learn about the exciting mission of exoplanetary science--the study of planets orbiting stars beyond the Sun. Review the eight planets in our solar system, which provide a baseline for understanding the more than 1,000 worlds recently discovered in our region…
The Million-Body Problem
Episode 11 of Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime
Consider the problem of gravitational interactions between millions of bodies, such as the countless stars in a galaxy. Amazingly, mathematics can reveal useful information even in these complicated cases. Discover how the analysis of the motions of galaxies led to…
The Strangest Force
Episode 1 of Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime
Begin your exploration of gravity with Isaac Newton and the famous story of the apple. Why was it such a breakthrough to connect a falling apple with the faraway moon? Review the essential characteristics of gravity and learn why small…
History's Mysteries
Episode 1 of The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries Series
Begin this journey by taking a closer look at concepts that were once unexplainable but are now better understood. You'll focus on two such former mysteries: the existence of an invisible "aether" through which light and sound were believed to…
Mirage Men - UFO Conspiracies
What if the UFO conspiracy was turned on its head? Instead the modern mythology of governments covering up UFO sightings, the military had been and still is actually encouraging it as part of their ancient cold war counterintelligence arsenal. Mirage…
From the Ground Up
Part of the Series: Space Age
BBC
Born of the Cold War, NASA moves stridently from disastrous rocket tests to the glorious conclusion of the Gemini Program. In From the Ground Up , we experience the massive challenges of sending a man into space and how, despite…
Man on Mars - Mission to the Red Planet
Part of the Series: Horizon
BBC
Horizon goes behind the scenes at Nasa to discover how it is preparing for its most ambitious and daring mission: to land men - and possibly women - on the surface of Mars. It's over 40 years since Neil Armstrong…
Stars in Their Courses—Orbital Mechanics
Episode 7 of Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime
Newton was the first to realize that objects could, in theory, be sent into orbit around Earth. Explore how this works in practice, using the ideas of energy and angular momentum to study how satellites, moons, planets, and stars move…
The Boeing 787 - A Revelation in Air Travel
The Boeing 787 may not look different, but according to it's manufacturers it is a revolution in air travel and will help preserve the natural resources of the planet. Similar to the Airbus A380, the plane is made from carbon-fiber…
Spacetime in Zero Gravity
Episode 15 of Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime
In an influential interpretation of relativity, Einstein's former mathematics professor Hermann Minkowski reformulated the theory in terms of four-dimensional geometry, which he called spacetime. Learn how to plot events in this coordinate system in cases where gravity is zero.