Take a trip through our solar system and visit its many alien planets. A Traveler’s Guide to the Planets explores our neighbouring planets and beyond, assessing each planet scientifically for potential human tourism.
Using specially made animations, the series is able to take a faster than light voyage through space to investigate each planet and scientifically analyze it.
Throughout the documentary series, NASA scientists showcase extreme environments on Earth to further illustrate a closely resembled environment of each planet.
Episode 1: Jupiter
Our first episode starts on Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system.
Its volume is so great that it could swallow every planet and moon in the solar system and still have room for more.
Yet for all its bulk there is nowhere to land, just an infernal drop into a bottomless sky.
Episode 2: Saturn
Episode two explores Saturn, a planet with a vast belt of matter crunched up in a ring around the great planet.
Saturn has several moons and an extreme environment consisting of strong strong winds, from 225 miles per hour to 1000 miles per hour, cold temperatures of -270 degrees to +80 degrees and high gravity.
Episode 3: Venus and Mercury
Journey to both Venus and Mercury in episode 3.
While tiny Mercury blisters in the roasting glare of the Sun, cross over to the dark side and you’ll find the temperature plummets over 600 degrees Celsius.
While further away from the sun we’ll find Venus – Earth’s nearest neighbor.
Episode 4: Mars
Episode four focuses on Mars, our neighbouring red planet.
These days, Mars has become humanities best bet to step into the rest of the Universe. Making it our home will be a test unlike any we’ve ever taken before.
Mars’ thin atmosphere is layer of gas primarily composed of carbon dioxide, molecular nitrogen and argon. The planet’s magnetic is inactive, leaving the planet bare to heavy radiated solar flares and its barren surface will have to be cultivated for years to even sustain life.
Episode 5: Neptune and Uranus
Take a trip to Neptune and Uranus in Episode 5.
Both planets are very distant to earth and are encrusted in ice.
Uranus’ has strong gravity and extremely cold temperatures which ranges from -130 degrees celcius to -195 degrees celcius (-270 degrees F to -380 degrees F). While Neptune has the wildest and strangest weather in the entire Solar System It has huge storms with extremely high winds.
Neptune has an average temperature of -214 Celsius (-353 F).
Episode 6: Pluto and Beyond
The final episode of A Traveler’s Guide to the Planets takes us to Pluto and Beyond. Although Pluto has been debated to be a planet to the moon and back, the show still decided to implement it.
Pluto is so far away from Earth that it is a mere pinprick of light in our powerful telescopes.
Learn what it would take for humans to journey to the uncharted limits of our solar neighborhood and what NASA scientists think we’ll find when we get there.
- Release date2010
- Full runtime
- Director(s)Richard Smith, Chris Thorburn
- Production companyEssential Media & Entertainment