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Birth of the Universe (Naked Science)               

Our Universe: Unimaginably vast and inspiringly beautiful, from billions of galaxies and uncountable stars, to our solar system, the planet Earth, the air we breathe, even our bodies - where did it all come from? We travel through space and time to reveal the amazing story of how the universe was born, how it created everything in our world, and eventually how it will die. What is the Big Bang? How do we know it happened? After nearly 14 billion years the universe has only really just got started. We have a complex cosmos with life on Earth. But how will the universe die? The incredible story of the universe: from creation to destruction. We take you on an amazing journey through the deepest depths of space and dive into the centre of an atom to reveal that we are cosmic individuals.  (Chapter 24)


The Life and Death of the Sun (Naked Science) 

The Sun is the most powerful force in our solar system. It generates the heat and light that sustains us. But the Sun is violent and volatile and is becoming more dangerous as it ages. We want to understand how the Sun was created form a giant cloud of dust and gas. How do scientists collect samples of the Sun when a probe could never get near the Sun’s surface? How do we get its energy? How old is the Sun? The Sun’s warmth and light helped life on Earth to begin but it can also play havoc with our modern way of life. How and when will it die and will the Earth survive? (Chapter 23)


Alternate Good video for chapter 23:

Savage Sun (Discovery)


Birth of the Earth (Naked Science)                      

Our planet now supports a huge diversity of living creatures requiring very special conditions, but what was the series of events that brought this unique set of conditions together? What did it take to make a world that would support human life? Our journey begins with the astonishing story of how a giant cloud of inter-stellar dust and gas collapsed to form the sun and planets. Many of the features we take for granted on our living planet were forged in the most violent event in our planet’s history. We wouldn’t have life today without water. But where did the water come from? Where did our oxygen come from? Why do we have a moon? (Chapter 1 and 22)


If We Had No Moon (Discovery)

Without the moon, we wouldn't exist. Life, if it had started at all, would be in the earliest stages of evolution. Days would last four hours, winds would blow at hurricane-force and there'd be a dense and toxic atmosphere resembling the runaway greenhouse effect of hell-like Venus. What luck that 50 million years after the formation of the solar system, our proto-planet is smacked by a planetismal more than twice the size of Mars. From that mother-of-all impacts is born the Moon. It is born in less than a year from debris blasted into orbit - an enormous object in the sky, just 14 thousand miles away, 17 times closer than today. What was the earth like before this? What would the earth be like if the moon went away? What would it be like, "If We Had No Moon?"





Additional Astronomy (Moon, Planets, Asteroids, Comets, Universe) :


The Moon (Naked Science)

Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon (IMAX)

Moon Machines (Science)

Tank on the Moon (Science)

In The Shadow of the Moon (110 Minutes) (2008)

Apollo 13: To The Edge and Back (90 Minutes) (WGBH Boston)


Mars Rising (2 disc)

Five Years on Mars (Nat Geo)

Mars Dead or Alive (NOVA)

Mars: Quest for Life (Discovery)*

Welcome to Mars (NOVA)
Roving Mars (Disney)


Venus Unveiled (Naked Science)*

Saturn’s Titan: Mystery Moon (NOVA)*

Saturn’s Secrets (Naked Science)*


Pluto Rediscovered (Naked Science)*

Pluto Files (PBS)


Deep Space Probes (Naked Science)


Birth of the Solar System (Naked Science-PAL format only)

Planets (Naked Science)

The Planets Epoch 2000*


Asteroids Deadly Impact (Nat Geo)

Armageddon (Naked Science)

Asteroid Alert (Naked Science)*


Comet Collision (Discovery)

Comets (Naked Science)


Monster Black Holes (Nat Geo)

Monster of the Milky Way (NOVA)*

Exploring Space: The Quest for Life (PBS)

Runaway Universe (NOVA)

Unfolding Universe (Discovery)

Hubble Space Telescope (Naked Science-PAL format on ly)


Space Station (IMAX)

Death of a Star (NOVA)

Death Star (NOVA)

Cosmic Voyage (IMAX)

Cosmos  Carl Sagan  (7 Discs-13 Episodes) PBS

Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution (NOVA) (2 discs) (240 minutes)

Exploring Space: The Quest for Life (PBS) (120 Minutes)





Additional Astronomy (Multi-disk Sets) :


A Traveler’s Guide to The Planets (2 disc) (5 hours) (NatGeo)

Disc 1:




Disc 2

Venus and Mercury

Pluto and Beyond

Neptune and Uranus


How the Universe Works (BBC) Science-2011

·                     Additional Details

·                     Format: DVD

·                     Rating: Not Rated

·                     Number of Discs: 2

·                     Run Time: 480 Minutes

·                     Region: 1 Region?

·                     Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1

·                     Language: English

·                     DVD Release Date: June 21, 2011


Episode#1: Extreme Solar Systems

Episode#2: Extreme Planets

Episode#3: Moons

Episode#4: Stars

Episode#5: Extreme Galaxies

Episode#6: Black Holes

Episode#7: Supernovas

Episode#8: Big Bang


A fascinating How The Universe Works DVD, will give you a front-row seat to the inner workings of our world. See how stars were engineered, how deadly black holes can be and get the scoop on the Big Bang Theory. Also in a Universe DVD, watch as scientists discuss all that is alien, extreme plants and finally the immense explosions, also known as supernovas. An outer Space DVD is a must-have for anyone interested in the science of the Universe and all that it encompasses.

A How The Universe Works DVD, begins by engineering the Universe and shows you how the cosmos is designed, built, and actually works. From the beginning of time, Stars, Galaxies, Planets, Solar Systems, and more have been working individually and together to produce all that is and all that we see. See, in the Universe DVD, as never before the inner workings of our world, and explore black holes, supernovae, neutron stars, dark energy, and all the titanic forces that make us who we are. With a dynamic cast of experts and a new generation of CGI, Engineering the Universe looks under the celestial hood to reveal the inner workings of outer space: the story of how it's made and how it runs. An outer Space DVD is your ultimate Cosmos Operator's Manual.

Buy the How The Universe Works DVD and join experts as they reveal the creation, expansion and operation of outer space.

Extreme Stars
This program tells the story of how stars were engineered by the Universe and how Stars then went on to engineer everything else in that very universe. We'll learn how nuclear fusion in the core of these stars keeps them burning for billions of years and is what powers our nearest star 'the sun'. They transformed the Universe by spawning further generations of stars, then planets and eventually the building blocks of life itself. We will follow the life-cycle of stars from 'red giants' like our own sun that die leaving beautiful 'planetary nebula', to massive 'red supergiants' which die young in violent events called supernovae, creating elements from the gold in our wedding rings to the iron in our blood.

Black Holes
Black Holes are the most powerful and deadly destroyers in the Universe and the most mysterious phenomena in the heavens, incredible chilling consequences of the forces that hold the Cosmos together. For years they were only speculation, now modern astronomy is proving them frighteningly real and showing that these monsters may well be pulling the cosmic strings, controlling the shape of everything we see. We will learn how they are born from the deaths of massive stars, what it might be like to travel in to a black hole and that soon we might be able to get an actual glimpse of the super massive black hole at the heart of our milky way.

Big Bang
This program tells the greatest story ever told, the origin of space and the origin of time. We witness the Big Bang, the moment of creation and the birth of everything that we see around us. Thirteen point seven billion years ago there was nothing, no space, no time. Out of nothing, explodes an infinitely hot and dense soup that rapidly expands from the size of a subatomic particle to the size of a galaxy in a fraction of a second. Then the formation of fundamental forces that shape our Universe, the epic battle between matter and antimatter and the creation of the first particles that make up the cells in your body, the ground beneath our feet and the stars in the night sky. This is the most important time in history with more happening in the first second to shape our Universe than in the 13 billion years since.

Alien Galaxies
Galaxies, home to stars, planets and us, come in all shapes and sizes. From majestic spirals to giant balls of stars and gas, these immense cities of stars are the building blocks of the Universe itself. How the Universe Works witnesses the evolution of galaxies; from clouds of cold gas 13 billion years ago, to the magnificent spirals that fill our night sky. Super-massive black holes, dark, giant monsters lurking in the heart of galaxies, and mysterious dark matter, the glue that holds galaxies together. Filaments of gas, link galaxies up in a colossal cosmic web to form the largest structure in the Universe and protects them from an even more enigmatic force"¦dark energy, that threatens to rip the universe apart.

Alien Solar Systems
The Solar System — eight planets and a star; our familiar, stable corner of the universe. But how much do we really know about its formation? And is it unique? Recent discoveries are revealing its secrets — a brutal history of colliding planets, some devoured by the sun, whilst future models predict a violent death. Since the first discovery of a planet orbiting another star in 1992, some 280 alien solar systems have been identified. It's only by looking at solar systems far beyond our own, that we can understand just how remarkable our small patch of universe really is.

Extreme Planets
There are just eight planets in our solar system, but there could be a hundred billion in our Milky Way galaxy alone. As we enter into a golden age of planetary discovery the possibilities are endless. Pushing out deep into space we are finding planets that are stranger than we could ever have imagined — from giant burning gas spheres to icy orphaned worlds wandering in interstellar space. So just how did they get to be so different? How the Universe Works follows the remarkable journey of planets as they grow from grains of dust to the magnificently diverse worlds we see today.

Alien Moons
Recent explorations have revealed moons to be the chemistry labs of the cosmos and the most likely places where we might find life beyond our planet. While some moons are no more than asteroids caught by the snare of gravity; others are part of giant family systems and almost planets in their own right. Some of the most diverse worlds in the Universe, we know of 300 moons just in our own Solar System, but there may be billions. How these moons are born, live, and die is fundamental to understanding our planet's turbulent origins and our place in the Universe.

Stars are not eternal; they are dying all the time in unimaginably large explosions, called supernovas. Second only to the Big Bang, the explosions are where the very essence of creation and destruction meet. Deep in the core of a massive star gold, lead, oxygen, and every other complex element, is created. When the star's nuclear furnace runs empty these vital materials are hurled across space, creating all the planets, plants and oceans we see today. Supernovas even made us, right down to the iron in our blood. Only now have we begun to understand how these wonders in our sky work — and what they can teach us about the origins of the universe and ultimately, its future.

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Wonders of the Solar System (3 discs-six hours)(BBC)

Wonders of the Solar System is an award-winning 2010 television series co-produced by the BBC and Science Channel, and hosted by physicist Brian Cox. Wonders of the Solar System was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC Two on 7 March 2010. The series comprises five episodes, each of which focuses on an aspect of the Solar System and features a 'wonder' relevant to the theme. The series was described as one of the most successful to appear on BBC Two in recent years.[1]

On 31 March 2011, the series won the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award for excellence in documentary film-making.


We live on a world of wonders. A place of astonishing beauty and complexity. We have vast oceans and incredible weather. Giant mountains and breath-taking landscapes.

If you think that this is all there is, that our planet exists in magnificent isolation, then you're wrong. We're part of a much wider ecosystem, that extends way beyond the top of our atmosphere.

As a physicist I'm fascinated by how the laws of nature that shaped all this, also shaped the worlds beyond our home planet.

I think we're living through the greatest age of discovery our civilisation has known. We've voyaged to the farthest reaches of the Solar System. We've photographed strange new worlds, stood in unfamiliar landscapes, tasted alien air.

—- Professor Brian Cox

1. "Empire of the Sun"

The first episode illustrates how the formation and behaviour of the Sun affects each planet in the Solar System. During this episode, Cox visits India to view and explain the workings of a total solar eclipse. The Aurora Borealis is also seen in Norway and an explanation of the power of the Sun occurs in Death Valley, California, USA.

3. "The Thin Blue Line"

The third episode looks at the atmosphere of the planets and moons of the Solar System, with Earth, Mars, and Titan being the main focus. The episode starts with Cox taking a journey in an English Electric Lightning piloted by "Mike Beachy Head" up to an altitude "between 55 and 60 thousand feet" where the "thinness and fragility" of the atmosphere could be observed in the middle of the day transitioning "from light blue to dark blue to black". Later, the Namib Desert is seen and used to give an explanation on how the Earth keeps its temperature, along with comparisons made to Mars. An in-depth look at Titan is seen with footage shown from the Huygens probe descent down to the surface of the moon.

4. "Dead or Alive"

The fourth episode begins at the Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA, and immediate comparisons are drawn to Mars and the Valles Marineris. A trip to Kīlauea on Hawaii shows the geological activity of Earth, and again a comparison to Mars and Olympus Mons is seen. An analysis of Jupiter's gravitational effect is given with how it could potentially send an asteroid on a collision course with Earth. The same gravitational force is also shown to give the Jovian moon Io geological life.

5. "Aliens"

The final installment covers life surviving in extreme environments, and how the search for life on other worlds follows the search for water, focusing on Mars, and on Jupiter's moon Europa. Cox begins by travelling to the deep ocean to draw comparisons between space travel. The Atacama Desert in South America is also viewed, which is seen to explain the lack of life found there. A trip to the Scablands in North-West America is also made with an explanation of the Missoula Floods that once occurred there, and how it shaped the landscape geologically. More examinations of life come with a trip to Mexico and how life survives in caves.

Disc 1:

Empires of the Sun

Order Out of Chaos

The Thin Blue Line

Disc 2:

Dead or Alive


Disc 3:

Special Features:

What on earth is Wrong with Gravity?

Do You Know What Time It is?


Wonders of the Universe (3 discs-six hours)(BBC)

Season One:

Wonders of the Universe is a 2011 television series produced by the BBC, Discovery Channel, and Science Channel, hosted by physicist Professor Brian Cox. Wonders of the Universe was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC 2 from 6 March 2011. The series comprises four episodes, each of which focuses on an aspect of the universe and features a 'wonder' relevant to the theme. It follows on from Cox's previous series for the BBC, Wonders of the Solar System, which was first broadcast in 2010.


Why are we here? Where do we come from? These are the most enduring of questions. And it's an essential part of human nature to want to find the answers.

We can trace our ancestry back hundreds of thousands of years to the dawn of humankind. But in reality, our story extends far, further back in time. Our story starts with the beginning of the universe. It began 13.7 billion years ago, and today, it's filled with over a hundred billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars.

In this series, I want to tell that story, because ultimately, we are part of the universe, so its story is our story.


Empire of the Sun
The Sun rules over a vast empire of worlds. For five billion years, our Solar System's vibrant, beating heart has fused hydrogen into helium, powering our planet's complex systems. Without its abundant energy, life as we know it would not exist. When it dies, it will truly be the end of us all.

Order Out of Chaos
Saturn's iconic rings are one of the most recognizable features of our Solar System. Scientists now believe the delicate bands of ice may also hold the key to understanding our own humble origins. Could our celestial neighbors have really emerged from a collapsing cloud of swirling dust?

The Thin Blue Line
A thin blue line separates us from the harsh vacuum of space. Our planet's atmosphere provides the air that we breathe, the water that we drink and the landscape that surrounds us -- but it's not unique. Well beyond the inner Solar System, we've discovered a frozen moon that looks a lot like home.

Dead or Alive
The universal forces of nature that keep our planet alive also wreak devastation across the Solar System. They bridge the depths of space, transforming static worlds into palaces of everlasting youth and creating intense heat sources that power one of the most spectacular sights in the Solar System.

Are we alone in the universe? It's one of the greatest scientific questions we may one day be able to answer. We'll investigate by searching for life forms in some of our planet's most hostile environments and scouring the Solar System for worlds that harbor the necessary conditions to support life.


Season Two:


Children of the Stars
Premiere: Wednesday, July 27 @ 9PM e/p
The same 92 elements we have on Earth are found throughout the cosmos. Forged deep in the hearts of stars, the untold trillions of atoms that make up each of us link together to tell the story of the universe's origin.

The Cosmos Made Conscious
Premiere: Wednesday, August 3 @ 9PM e/p
Brian Cox seeks to understand time's role in creating the universe and life. He explores the cycles of time which define our experiences and quickly discovers that even our most epic ideas disintegrate in the vast expanse of cosmic time.

The Known and the Unknown
Premiere: Wednesday, August 10 @ 10PM e/p
Gravity, the great orchestrator of the cosmos, is relatively weak. And yet this attractive force dictates our orbit around the sun, our relationship with the other planets in the Solar System, and even the shape of our universe.

On Beams of Light
Premiere: Wednesday, August 17 @ 10PM e/p
Light's presided over the evolution of life on Earth for millions of years. It's stretched across the universe since the beginning of time. Brian Cox will explore how the fundamental properties of light hold the key to unlocking the secrets of the cosmo.



Life Beyond Earth (PBS) (120 minutes)

   Part I: Are We Alone

   Part II: Is Anybody Listening


The Planets (BBC)

Volume 1

Different Worlds

Terra Firma

Volume 2



Volume 3



Volume 4

Life Beyond the Sun




Stephen Hawking’s Universe (PBS) (1997) (6 Hours)(3 disc)

Seeing is Believing

The Big Bang

Cosmic Alchemy

On the Dark Side

Black Holes and Beyond

An Answer to Everything


The IMAX Space Collection (IMAX)(5 discs)

Hail Columbia!

Mission to MIR

Blue Planet

The Dream is Alive

Destiny in Space


The Elegant Universe (2 Discs)(NOVA)

Disc 1:

Part 1: Einstein’s Dream

Part 2: String’s The Thing

Disc 2:

Part 3: Welcome to the 11th Dimension

Special Features


Through the Wormhole Series (Discovery) (2010)

Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole will explore the deepest mysteries of existence - the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity (Who-or what-am I? Are we alone? How did this begin? What happened before that?). This series will bring together the brightest minds and best ideas from the very edges of Science--Astrophysics, Astrobiology, Quantum Mechanics, String Theory, and more - to reveal the extraordinary truth of our Universe.

1.      What Happened Before the Beginning: Every cosmologist and astronomer agrees: our Universe is 13.7 billion years old. Using cutting-edge technology, scientists are now able to take a snapshot of the Universe a mere heartbeat after its birth. Armed with hypersensitive satellites, astronomers look back in time to the very moment of creation, when all the matter in the Universe exploded into existence. It is here that we uncover an unsolved mystery as old as time itself -- if the Universe was born, where did it come from? Meet the leading scientists who have now discovered what they believe to be the origin of our Universe, and a window into the time before time.

2. Are We Alone?: Aliens almost certainly do exist. So why haven't we yet met E.T.? It turns out we're only just developing instruments powerful enough to scan for them, and science sophisticated enough to know where to look. As a result, race is on to find the first intelligent aliens. But what would they look like, and how would they interact with us if we met? The answers may come to us sooner than we imagine, for one leading astronomer believes she may already have heard a hint of their first efforts to communicate.

3. Is Time Travel Possible?: Einstein's world-shaking Theory of Relativity says that time travel is perfectly possible -- if you're going forward in time. Finding a way to travel backwards requires breaking the speed of light, which so far seems impossible. But now, strange-but-true phenomena such as quantum nonlocality (where particles instantly teleport across vast distances) may give us a way to make the dream of traveling back and forth through time a reality. Step into a time machine and rewrite history, bring loved ones back to life, control our destinies. But if succeed, what are the consequences of such freedom? Will we get trapped in a plethora of paradoxes and multiple universes that will destroy the fabric of the universe?

4. How Did We Get Here?: Everywhere we look in the most hospitable of environments and in the most extreme we find life. On Earth, life exists everywhere we look. Yet we have only ever found life on our planet. How did the stuff of stars come together to create life as we know it? What do we really mean by 'life'? And will unlocking this mystery help us find life elsewhere?

5. What Are We Really Made Of?: What is the universe made of? If you answered stars, planets, gas and dust, you'd be dead wrong. Thirty years ago, scientists first realized that some unknown dark substance was affecting the way galaxies moved. Today, they think there must be five times Our understanding of the universe and the nature of reality itself has drastically changed over the last 100 years - and it's on the verge of another seismic shift. In a 17-mile-long tunnel buried 570 feet beneath the Franco-Swiss border, the world's largest and most powerful atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider, is powering up. Its goal is nothing less than recreating the first instants of creation, when the universe was unimaginably hot and long-extinct forms of matter sizzled and cooled into stars, planets, and ultimately, us. These incredibly small and exotic particles hold the keys to the greatest mysteries of the universe. What we find could validate our long-held theories about how the world works and what we are made of -- or, all of our notions about the essence of what is real will fall apart.

6. The Riddle of Black Holes: They are the most powerful objects in the universe. Nothing, not even light, can escape the gravitational pull of a black hole. Astronomers now think there are billions of them out in the cosmos, swallowing up planets, even entire stars in violent feeding frenzies. New theoretical research into the twisted reality of black holes suggests that three-dimensional space could be an illusion. That reality actually takes place on a two-dimensional hologram at the edge of the universe.

7. Beyond Darkness: What is the universe made of? If you answered stars, planets, gas and dust, you'd be dead wrong. Thirty years ago, scientists first realized that some unknown dark substance was affecting the way galaxies moved. Today, they think there must be five times as much dark matter as regular matter out there. But they have no idea what it is - onl that it's not made of atoms, or any other matter we are familiar with. And Dark Matter is not the only strange substance in the Universe - a newly discovered force, called Dark Energy, seems to be pushing the very fabric of the cosmos apart.

8. Is There a Creator?: It's perhaps the biggest, most controversial mystery in the cosmos. Did our Universe just come into being by random chance, or was it created by a God who nurtures and sustains all life? The latest science is showing that the four forces governing our universe are phenomenally finely tuned, so finely that it had led many to the conclusion that someone, or something, must have calibrated them; a belief further backed up by evidence that everything in our universe may emanate from one extraordinarily elegant and beautiful design known as the E8 Lie Group. While skeptics hold that these findings are neither conclusive nor evidence of a divine creator, some cutting edge physicists are already positing who this Cod is: an alien gamester who's created our world as the ultimate SIM game for his own amusement. It's an answer as compelling as it is disconcerting.


Through the Wormhole Series Season Two (2011)

Through The Wormhole With Morgan Freeman Season 2

Number of discs: 2    Rated: PG
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2011
Run Time: 420 minutes
Morgan Freeman , Revelations Entertainment | PG | DVD

What happens when we die - do we simply cease to exist or do we survive in some form? It's the greatest mystery of science. Now, biologists, physicists and philosophers are closing in on finding the answer to the ultimate question.

Space seems like it goes on forever - but does it? Surprising new evidence suggests that not only is there a place where the universe ends - but there is something unimaginable lurking beyond it.

Time is not what we think it is. New research questions the nature of time and challenges our most basic perceptions about reality.

New evidence forces us to consider a truly shocking possibility - is our reality an illusion?

New research is discovering that thoughts can fly across space and that we all may be part of a global consciousness. Scientifically, a sixth sense is entirely possible.

There could be more than one version of reality - and more than one you. As scientists unravel this possibility, a new astounding one emerges: these parallel worlds could determine the destiny of the entire universe.

A revolution in science is underway that will transform life on Earth and ensure our survival as a species. If we can solve the equation of everything, it will present the keys to creation itself.

Physicists are designing warp drives, learning how to pry open wormholes, and finding cracks in the fabric of the cosmos to bring the final frontier within our grasp.

Death is a humbling reality - but what if life had no end? Cutting-edge science embarks on a bold mission to extend human life and may soon bring immortality within our grasp.

Across the galaxy lie exotic worlds made entirely of water or stewing with poisonous gas. What kinds of creatures thrive in these places? Would they resemble beings on Earth, or could life take on new and unexpected forms?







The Universe-Season 1 (4 Disc-12 hours)(2007)

Editorial Reviews

The sky and outer space have fascinated man for centuries and the History Channel's series The Universe is the story of man's study of the cosmos from his earliest attempts to map and understand the heavens through modern day scientific studies, advances, and theories. A mix of historical footage, modern space imaging, and conceptual computer graphics presented in high-definition, the visual component of this production is absolutely breathtaking.

Each of the 13 44-minute episodes begins with a general introduction of subjects ranging from the sun to individual planets, alien galaxies, the search for extra-terrestrial life, and scientific theories like the Big Bang. Each topic is then broken down into a series of segments that detail specific ideas, theories, or components integral to the understanding of the main topic as well as historical material, current studies and theories, and projections of potential future events and scientific advances.The 90-minute "Beyond the Big Bang" feature relates "the story of everything"--from the universe's formation following the "Big Bang" to its eventual projected demise from unchecked expansion dubbed the "Big Rip." Leading experts from universities and scientific institutions around the world do a great job of taking very complex subjects like galaxies with spiral density arms and relating them to easily graspable concepts like a city with a downtown core surrounded by suburbs and plagued by freeway traffic jams. Amazing photographs from the Hubble space telescope, infrared views from the Spitzer space telescope, and x-ray images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory augment understanding as do demonstrations of modern science's ability to simulate historical events like the formation of earth and to project future cosmic events. The Universe is a fascinating and understandable study of space that speaks to viewers ranging from the generally curious to the serious student of cosmology. --Tami Horiuchi


16 Episodes (Four Disks):


Disc One:

Secrets of the Sun                               

Mars: the Red Planet                         

Jupiter: the Giant Planet

The End of the earth: Deep Space Threats to Our Planets


Disc Two

The Moon

Spaceship Earth                  

The Inner Planets: Mercury & Venus


Disc Three:

Saturn: Lord of the Rings               

Alien Galaxies

Life and Death of a Star  

The Outer Planets


Disc Four:

The Most Dangerous Place in the Universe

Search for ET

Beyond the Big Bang



The Universe: Season one (2007)



Original Airdate


"Secrets of the Sun"

May 29, 2007 (2007-05-29)

A look at how the Sun was formed and how it could potentially die; its physical composition; how it makes energy; and the nature of solar eclipses, solar flares and sunspot activity.


"Mars: The Red Planet"

June 5, 2007 (2007-06-05)

A look at the planet Mars, the planet most similar to Earth in our solar system; an examination of Olympus Mons the largest volcano in the solar system; how NASA probes search for evidence of past life on the red planet, and what that life might have looked like.


"End of the Earth"

June 12, 2007 (2007-06-12)

A look at end of the world scenarios involving killer asteroid or comet impact events, solar flare and gamma-ray bursts, and the plans that scientists have to potentially save the Earth from an interstellar disaster.


"Jupiter: The Giant Planet"

June 19, 2007 (2007-06-19)

A look at the solar system's largest planet, Jupiter; its formation and composition and its mini-solar system of over 60 moons – some of which may have the potential to support extraterrestrial life.


"The Moon"

June 26, 2007 (2007-06-26)

A look at the formation of the Moon; how it played a role in the evolution of life on Earth; and the future plans of NASA to establish a permanent base on the surface.


"Spaceship Earth"

July 10, 2007 (2007-07-10)

A look at the planet Earth; how it was born out of a chaotic shooting gallery during the formation of the solar system; how life could have begun here; and what could ultimately cause its destruction.


"Mercury & Venus: The Inner Planets"

July 17, 2007 (2007-07-17)

A look at the two most hostile planets in the solar system – Mercury and Venus; one gouged with craters, the other a greenhouse cauldron of toxic gases and acid rain; both scorched by their close proximity to the sun. Scientists theorize about what sort of life could evolve on these alien worlds.


"Saturn: Lord of the Rings"

July 24, 2007 (2007-07-24)

A look at the planet Saturn and its fascinating rings; how they may have been created; how the latest probes have answered questions and revealed new mysteries about the planet, and how Saturn's moon Titan may hold more resources of petroleum than Earth will ever need.


"Alien Galaxies"

July 31, 2007 (2007-07-31)

A look at space through the amazing images of the Hubble Space Telescope; and a look at the formation of our galaxy and how it is just one of hundreds of billions in the universe.


"Life & Death of a Star"

August 7, 2007 (2007-08-07)

A look at stellar evolution; how gravity causes hydrogen gas to coalesce under friction and pressure to ignite in a flash of nuclear fusion, the energy and glow lasting billions of years, and then the ultimate demise in the largest and most colorful explosions in the cosmos.


"The Outer Planets"

August 14, 2007 (2007-08-14)

A look at the solar system's most distant worlds – Uranus, a gas giant with the most extreme axial tilt of any known planet and its wildly orbiting moon Triton; its near-twin Neptune and its moons; and finally, distant Pluto which orbits the sun every 248 years.


"Most Dangerous Places"

August 21, 2007 (2007-08-21)

A look at the most dangerous objects known in space – all consuming black holes, deadly gamma-ray bursts, powerful magnetars, and galactic collisions.


"Search for E.T."

August 28, 2007 (2007-08-28)

A look at possible extraterrestrial life in the universe; the mission of organizations like SETI to find it, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life existing right in our own solar system on the moons of Europa and Titan.


"Beyond the Big Bang"

September 9, 2007 (2007-09-09)

A look back in time billions and billions of years to the origin of the Big Bang. Leading physicists and historians theorize what happened before the bang occurred, how the physical nature of the universe unfolded as energy became matter forming stars and galaxies, and how the universe continues to expand outward at an ever-accelerating rate.




The Universe-Season 2 (5 Disc-14 hours)-2008


18 Episodes:

Disc One                                 Disc Two                      Disc Three

Alien Planets                                         Alien Moons                           Supernovas

Cosmic Holes                                       Dark Matters                           Constellations     

Mysteries of the Moon                       Astrobiology                            Unexplained Mysteries 

The Milky Way                                    Space Travel                           Cosmic Collisions                               


Disc Four                               Disc Five

Colonizing Space                                 Biggest Things in Space     

Nebulas                                                 Gravity                         

Wildest Weather in the Cosmos        Cosmic Apocalypse

                                                Featurette: Backyard Astronomers

The Universe: Season two (2007–08)



Original Airdate


"Alien Planets"

November 27, 2007 (2007-11-27)

A look at the science of planet hunting; astronomers explain the technology and methods used to find extra-solar planets – worlds outside our solar system orbiting other stars; and a look at some of the most interesting planets that have been discovered, such as "Hot Jupiters" and "Super-Earths."


"Cosmic Holes"

December 4, 2007 (2007-12-04)

A look at the mysteries of black holes and theories about the existence of other kinds of holes, such as "mini" or microscopic black holes that exist at the atomic level; "white holes" – the opposite of black holes where matter is eject out; and "wormholes" – gateways in hyperspace that connect points in space and time and possibly lead to other dimensions.


"Mysteries of the Moon"

December 11, 2007 (2007-12-11)

A look at the Moon and the role it has played in the history of mankind – how it was once worshiped as a god; used as a timekeeper by farmers; a beacon for sailors at sea; and how it effects ocean tides and the behavior of animals. Also discussed is the transient lunar phenomenon which has baffled scientists for centuries.


"The Milky Way"

December 18, 2007 (2007-12-18)

A tour of the Milky Way; a look at the massive black hole with the mass of thousands of suns, that lies at its center; how the death of old stars provide the material to create new ones; and how stars from the galactic center are being catapulted beyond the outer arms at unimaginable speeds.


"Alien Moons"

January 8, 2008 (2008-01-08)

A look at Kuiper belt objects and the moons of the solar system such as volcanic Io, ice covered Europa, and the mysterious Triton; scientists and physicist theorize as to what discoveries could be found there.


"Dark Matter/Dark Energy"

January 15, 2008 (2008-01-15)

A look at the theory of dark matter – the undetectable mass thought to make up 96% of the universe, and dark energy – the unseen force that is expanding the universe. Physicists use the latest cutting-edge technology and conduct groundbreaking experiments in an attempt to discover more about these mysterious forces.



January 29, 2008 (2008-01-29)

A look at the science of astrobiology – the search for life in space by combining the disciplines of astronomy, biology and geology; a look at how life could evolve on planets vastly different than Earth; and a trip to an area in Australia to search for the oldest forms of life on Earth and what it could teach us about life on other worlds.


"Space Travel"

February 5, 2008 (2008-02-05)

A look at some revolutionary ideas about travel in space, from ship designs to innovative methods of propulsion such as solar sails and laser beams. Also a look at antimatter as a power source and the possibilities of faster-than-light travel that could make the greatest science fiction dream a reality.



February 12, 2008 (2008-02-12)

A look at the sensational death of stars in supernova explosions which shine as bright as a 100 billion suns and release jets of high-energy matter as gamma-ray bursts and x-ray radiation. Also a look at supernovas recorded throughout history and how stardust creates the building blocks of planets and life.



February 19, 2008 (2008-02-19)

A look at some of the 88 constellations in the sky which are arrangements of stars that form a picture or symbol. Also how ancient civilizations developed and used them for navigation and exploration.


"Unexplained Mysteries"

February 26, 2008 (2008-02-26)

A look at some of the myths, misconceptions and facts about the universe, from life on Mars to whether or not time travel is possible and if Einstein's theories of relativity could support it.


"Cosmic Collisions"

March 4, 2008 (2008-03-04)

A look at the cosmic shooting gallery of the universe; what happens during comet, asteroid and planetary collisions; the effects of mass extinction impacts; what happens when stars collide, and when entire galaxies merge together.


"Colonizing Space"

March 11, 2008 (2008-03-11)

A look at the efforts underway to establish permanent human colonies on the Moon and Mars; how food will be grown and waste recycled and eventually the plans to terraform Mars to make it more habitable for humans.



April 1, 2008 (2008-04-01)

A look at nebulas – the "art gallery of the galaxy" – amazing regions of space, where old stars die and new ones are born. Astronomers reveal the techniques and technology used to capture the details and wonder of these distant objects, many of which are too far away to be seen by the naked eye.


"Wildest Weather in the Cosmos"

April 8, 2008 (2008-04-08)

A look at bizarre weather phenomena on other worlds in our solar system such as tornadoes with 6,000 MPH winds, and rain made of iron.


"Biggest Things in Space"

April 15, 2008 (2008-04-15)

A look at the biggest things in the universe, such as the cosmic web which connects galaxies together along threads of dark matter or the Lyman-alpha blob which is a bubble containing countless galaxies. Also a look at super-galaxies, super massive black holes, "radio lobes" and the biggest void in space.



April 22, 2008 (2008-04-22)

A look at the forces of gravity and the role it plays in the formation of the universe and the objects within it; how weightlessness affects astronauts in space, and how pilots experience the effects of gravity in their training on the "vomit comet".


"Cosmic Apocalypse"

April 28, 2008 (2008-04-28)

A look at how the universe could end with various theories explored such as a "random quantum fluctuation" where everything is obliterated in the blink of an eye; where all energy is consumed and ends in a "cosmic ice age"; where everything collapses into black holes and disappears, and how there is nothing we can do to prevent the cosmic doomsday.


The Universe-Season 3 (4 Disc-12 Hours)-2009

16 Episodes:

Disc One:

Deep Space Disasters

Parallel Universe

Light Speed


Disc Two:

Sex in Space

Alien Faces

Deadly Comets and Meteors


Disc Three:

Living in Space

Stopping Armageddon

Another Earth


Disc Four:

Strangest Things

Edge of Space

Cosmic Phenomena

The Universe: Season Three (2008–09)



Original Airdate


"Deep Space Disasters"

November 11, 2008 (2008-11-11)

A look at the history of space disasters and the potential for danger in space – from explosive launches, fiery reentries, fire in an oxygen-rich atmosphere, deadly micrometeoroid impacts, catastrophic solar flares and a host of other space hazards astronauts risk on every mission. Also discussed are what could happen if a ship encounters a black hole or gamma-ray burst.


"Parallel Universes"

November 18, 2008 (2008-11-18)

A look at the theory of the multiverse – the possibility of parallel dimensions existing where Earth and everyone on it are duplicated many times over, and how physicists search for evidence of these doppleganger realities using state of the art particle colliders that can detect higher dimensions of existence.


"Light Speed"

November 25, 2008 (2008-11-25)

A look at the speed of light, the ultimate speed limit enforced by the laws of the universe, and how scientists are looking for ways to exceed it; a look at what happens when we reach the "light barrier"; what could happen if we surpass it, and how the "cosmic constant" can be manipulated.


"Sex in Space"

December 2, 2008 (2008-12-02)

A look at experiments in human sexuality in space; the psychology of relationships and reproduction that must be addressed if mankind wish to colonize other planets; how pregnancy and birth could be handled in microgravity and the complications that could arise under such conditions; and the answer to whether or not sex has already been attempted during a space mission.


"Alien Faces"

December 9, 2008 (2008-12-09)

A look at how differently life on Earth has evolved between animals, from the deep ocean to those on land, their environments played a role in their design; and an imaginative look at how similar life could take form under vastly different environments of alien worlds.


"Deadly Comets and Meteors"

December 16, 2008 (2008-12-16)

A look at how comets and meteors played a role in the formation of the solar system; their possible role in the extinction of the dinosaurs; and the theories that cometary dust could bring alien viruses to Earth.


"Living in Space"

December 23, 2008 (2008-12-23)

A look at how human colonies could exist in space, from domed cities to underground bases, to orbital habitats, to hollowed-out asteroids. Also a look at how robots will play a role in space survival; how food will be grown; the advances in space suit and equipment technology; and a look at how resources could be gathered and processed to sustain such otherworldly colonies.


"Stopping Armageddon"

January 6, 2009 (2009-01-06)

A look at some of the ideas scientists are exploring to save Earth one day from an inevitable meteor impact, including ways to divert near-Earth objects (NEOs) with laser beams, nuclear bombs, solar sails, satellites that act as artificial gravity sources, and rocket engines that could attach to and push them out of Earth's path.


"Another Earth"

January 13, 2009 (2009-01-13)

A look at how astronomers search for other Earth-like planets around other stars; which stars are candidates for possible discovery; and how techniques develop and the sensitivity of equipment improve will make finding another Earth just a matter of time.


"Strangest Things"

January 27, 2009 (2009-01-27)

A look at some of the most bizarre things in the universe such as odd moons, strange stars, exotic particles, mysterious black holes, and invisible dark matter.


"Edge of Space"

February 3, 2009 (2009-02-03)

A look at the prospects for the commercialization space, from $20 million dollar vacation trips to the ISS, the possibility of orbital hotels, and spaceplane flights 120 miles above the Earth are just the beginning. Also a look at the hazards, such as cosmic radiation and space debris, that could spell disaster for these outerspace endeavors.


"Cosmic Phenomena"

February 3, 2009 (2009-02-03)

A look at various cosmic phenomena, both "good" – such as the beauty of the aurora borealis, the thrill of a meteor shower, the miracle of photosynthesis, and the "bad" – such as UV radiation that can "get under our skin", and solar flare activity that can not only scramble electronics, but could threaten life on Earth.


The Universe-Season 4 (4 Disc-12 Hours) - 2010


Journey back to the beginning of history on a mind-blowing adventure through space and time.

Using stunning HD graphics, THE UNIVERSE returns in SEASON FOUR to transport viewers past the wonders of our own solar system and out to the bizarre far-flung reaches of the cosmos. From death stars to ringed planets, star clusters to space wars, THE UNIVERSE uses new discoveries and more advanced CGI to help explain the mysteries of outer space. From wormholes to transporters, examine which elements from popular sci-fi movies could really exist; and discover how the universe is awash in all sorts of strange liquids, from oceans of methane to blobs of alcohol floating in space, and even iron rain. Watch and marvel as experts cook up ten ways to destroy the Earth, including blowing it up with anti-matter, hurling it into the Sun, and colliding with another galaxy.

This special edition 4-DVD set features all 12 episodes from SEASON FOUR plus additional never-aired segments.

DISC 1: Death Stars / The Day the Moon was Gone / It Fell From Space / Biggest Blasts

DISC 2: The Hunt for Ringed Planets / 10 Ways to Destroy the Earth / The Search for Cosmic Clusters / Space Wars

 DISC 3: Liquid Universe / Pulsars & Quasars / Science Fiction. Science Fact. / Extreme Energy

 DISC 4: Journey back to the beginning of history on a mind-blowing adventure through space and time.

BONUS FEATURES: Featurettes “Meteors: Fire in the Sky” “Comets: Prophets of Doom”


The Universe: Season four (2009)



Original Airdate


"Death Stars"

August 18, 2009 (2009-08-18)

A look at real life "death stars" that are far worse than the one in Star Wars such as supernovas that unleash massive gamma-ray bursts (GRB) that could eradicate all life for thousands of light years; a look at "WR104", a dying star 8000 light years away that could point a GRB right at Earth, and "3C321", a "death star galaxy" that could be a terrifying vision of what may befall the Milky Way galaxy. Eta Carinae and Betelgeuse are given as examples of stars that could have violent ends that are too close for comfort.


"The Day the Moon Was Gone"

August 25, 2009 (2009-08-25)

A look at the importance of our moon and what the Earth would be like without one, such as a four hours of sunlight, pitch-black nights, 100 MPH winds spawning massive hurricanes, wild fluctuating climate changes as the planet topples on its axis, and the end of complex life forms – including humans.


"It Fell From Space"

September 1, 2009 (2009-09-01)

A look at some of the thousands of objects, both natural and man made, that have plummeted to Earth. From space rocks that have crashed into homes, to rocket parts that have landed on front lawns, scientists share their amazing insights into the phenomena of the cosmos from the study of this space debris.


"Biggest Blasts"

September 8, 2009 (2009-09-08)

A look at some of the biggest explosions known, from the "Big Bang", to incredible supernova blasts, to the massive impact of the Chicxulub asteroid on the Yucatán Peninsula that was believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.


"The Hunt for Ringed Planets"

September 15, 2009 (2009-09-15)

A look at planetary rings, especially those of Saturn where house-sized chunks of ice orbit at 53,000 MPH along a chaotic orbital racetrack; how the rings formed and the dangers they pose to spacecraft. Also a look at other rings around Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, and possibly Mars; plus Earth's "ring" which is made of some 200 satellites in geosynchronous orbit – the only "man made ring" in the known universe.


"10 Ways to Destroy the Earth"

September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22)

A look at ten events experts envision, (both fun and serious), that could destroy the planet Earth – such as being swallowed up by a microscopic black hole, exploding it with antimatter, hurling it into the sun, and switching off gravity.


"The Search for Cosmic Clusters"

September 29, 2009 (2009-09-29)

A look at star clusters; how all stars within them are formed from the same material and are approximately the same age; a look at the two kinds of clusters – "open clusters" which are young and exist in the spiral arms of the galaxy, and "globular clusters" which are old and exist in the outskirts of the galaxy and possibly as old as the universe itself.


"Space Wars"

October 6, 2009 (2009-10-06)

A look at military concepts to weaponize space; how such systems would work and how effective would they be, such as an idea of telephone pole-sized rods that could be hurtled down from orbit. Also a look at some more fantastic weapon ideas and defenses against such weapons, such as ground base lasers.


"Liquid Universe"

October 20, 2009 (2009-10-20)

A look at places in the solar system where it rains droplets of liquid iron even at hundreds of degrees below zero where there are oceans of liquid methane, and at the center of gas giants where pressure is so great there exists liquid metallic hydrogen.


"Pulsars & Quasars"

October 27, 2009 (2009-10-27)

A look at pulsars – tiny objects (only a few miles across) with powerful magnetic fields that spin so fast they appear to blink on and off; and quasars – the remnant cores of ancient galaxies that are so distant from us that they may be the oldest things in the universe.


"Science Fiction, Science Fact"

November 3, 2009 (2009-11-03)

A look at fantastic technology concepts, once mocked by physicists, that could be just over the horizon, such as teleportation, anti-gravity, and breaking the light speed barrier. Once only achieved by Hollywood, these concepts are now gaining serious attention within the scientific community.


"Extreme Energy"

November 10, 2009 (2009-11-10)

A look at the energy emitted by the universe, from powerful jets ejected by black holes, to the nuclear fury of the sun; and how the universe maintains this energy in perfect balance through the conservation of energy.


The Universe-Season 5 (2 Disc-8 Hours) - 2011

It’s been 50 years since man ventured into the unknown, and the heavens are only now yielding their greatest secrets. Follow in the galactic path of THE UNIVERSE, which this season leads us even further into the world beyond our own.

From robotic rovers on Mars to NASA probes slamming into comets and deep space telescopes capturing violent images of the birth of stars, season five of this illuminating HISTORY? series explores how these discoveries were made ? and who made them. Dramatic CGI and interviews with expert cosmologists, astronomers and astrophysicists bring the history of the heavens down to earth and provide a glimpse into our future.

includes all 8 episodes on 2 DVDs.

VOLUME 1: 7 Wonders of the Solar System / Mars: The New Evidence / Magnetic Storm / Time Travel

VOLUME 2: Secrets of the Space Probes / Asteroid Attack / Total Eclipse / Dark Future of the Sun


The Unuiverse: Season five (2010)



Original Airdate


"7 Wonders of the Solar System"

July 29, 2010 (2010-07-29)

A close up look at some of the most astonishing wonders of our solar system, such as the geysers of Enceladus; Saturn's amazing rings; Jupiter's Great Red Spot; and the heights of Olympus Mons on Mars.


"Mars: The New Evidence"

August 5, 2010 (2010-08-05)

A look for evidence of life on Mars which provides many clues that it now, or once had supported it; from the remains of lakes and rivers that once flowed on the surface; to the water ice frozen at the poles; to the seasonal changes in methane gases that may prove bacterial life still thrives underground.


"Magnetic Storm"

August 12, 2010 (2010-08-12)

A look at magnetic storms – "Solar Katrinas" created by the sun with the power of ten-thousand nuclear weapons that could cause global electrical blackouts, electronics malfunctions and communication disasters if one should hit the Earth.


"Time Travel"

August 19, 2010 (2010-08-19)

A look at time travel; how it could one day become reality; how Einstein's theory of relativity claims it is possible, and the probable results of traveling to the future and the mind-boggling consequences of traveling to the past.


"Secrets of the Space Probes"

August 26, 2010 (2010-08-26)

A look at space probes, what they have done and found for us in space, and what they might do in the future, such as searching for Earth-like planets and for extraterrestrial life.


"Asteroid Attack"

September 2, 2010 (2010-09-02)

A look at asteroids and the impact they have or had on life now and before. Also, what spacecrafts can tell us about them, what they can do to civilization, and the possibility of living on one.


"Total Eclipse"

September 16, 2010 (2010-09-16)

A look at the movements of the Earth, the sun and the moon during solar and lunar eclipses; how humans, if alone in the universe, may be the only intelligent creatures to witness these events; and how astronomers discover planets in other star systems that partially eclipse their stars.


"Dark Future of the Sun"

September 23, 2010 (2010-09-23)

A look at the grim future of the Sun and what might happen to it five billion years when it uses up its hydrogen fuel and swells into a massive red giant star, consuming our planet and killing all life — including humans if any are still around.


The Universe: Season six (2011)



Original Airdate


"Catastrophes that Changed the Planets"

October 25, 2011 (2011-10-25)

The planets of our solar system have experienced epic catastrophes throughout their long history, both raining down from outside and bubbling up from within. We'll voyage back in time to investigate the violent events that profoundly shaped the planets, including Earth itself.


"Nemesis: The Sun's Evil Twin"

November 1, 2011 (2011-11-01)

The theory of a Nemesis star that orbits the sun and causes catastrophic events every 26 million years is explored.


"How the Solar System was Made"

November 8, 2011 (2011-11-08)

At 4.6 billion years old, the Solar System is our solid, secure home in the Universe. But how did it come to be? In this episode we trace the system's birth from a thin cloud of dust and gas.


"The Moon"

November 15, 2011 (2011-11-15)

The moon has comforted man for thousands of years. It's been everything from a god to a compass, and the only cosmic body human beings have ever visited. Discover how the moon came to be.


"Crash Landing on Mars"

November 22, 2011 (2011-11-22)

What might happen if the first manned mission to Mars crashes hundreds of miles from the rocket that would take them back home?


"Worst Days on Planet Earth"

November 29, 2011 (2011-11-29)

Earth may seem like the most hospitable planet in the solar system. But startling new discoveries reveal the blue planet has been plagued by more chaos and destruction than scientists once imagined.



Space Exploration:


From the Earth to The Moon (1998) (HBO Films):

Originally broadcast in April and May of 1998, the epic miniseries From the Earth to the Moon was HBO's most expensive production to date, with a budget of $68 million. Hosted by executive producer Tom Hanks, the miniseries tackles the daunting challenge of chronicling the entire history of NASA's Apollo space program from 1961 to 1972. For the most part, it's a rousing success. Some passages are flatly chronological, awkwardly wedging an abundance of factual detail into a routine dramatic structure.

 But each episode is devoted to a crucial aspect of the Apollo program. The cumulative effect is a deep and thorough appreciation of NASA's monumental achievement. With the help of a superlative cast, consistent writing, and a stable of talented directors, Hanks has shared his infectious enthusiasm for space exploration and the inspiring power of conquering the final frontier. NASA's complete participation in the production lends to its total authenticity, right down to the use of NASA equipment, launch locations, and even spacecraft. The re-creation of the lunar landscape is almost as impressive as the real thing and is further enhanced by the use of helium balloons to lighten the actors playing moon-walking astronauts. (These and other backstage details are revealed in the "making of" featurette, along with a wealth of supplemental materials, on a bonus disc in the miniseries' DVD package.) With a fictional, Walter Cronkite-like TV reporter (Lane Smith) serving as the dramatic link for all 12 episodes, this ambitious production may not be a great work of art. But as a generous and definitive example of nonfiction drama, it's full of the same kind of awe, inspiration, and humanity that led to "one giant leap" in the all-too-short history of 20th-century space exploration.
Disc 1                         Disc 4

1. Can We do this?                           10. Galileo Was Right
2. Apollo One                                    11. The Original Wives Club
We Have Cleared the Tower     12. Le Voyage Dans La Lune


Disc 2                         Disc 5 (Bonus Features)

4. 1968                                               1. Behind the scenes
Spider                                            2. Special Effects featurette
Mare Tranquilitatis                     3.
President John F. Kennedy’s Historic Speech

                                                            4. Out of the Solar System

Disc 3                         5. A Brief History of Famous Astronomers
That’s All There Is                      6. History of the Moon
We Interrupt This Program      7. Space Race
For Miles and Miles                     8. Six Original Promotional Trailers


When we Left Earth: The NASA Missions (4 Disc Set)

Since the dawn of mankind, we have stared up at the lights in the sky and wondered... Now join the heroic men and women who have dared the impossible on some of the greatest adventures ever undertaken - the quest to reach out beyond Earth and into the great unknown of space! To celebrate 50 years of incredible achievements, the Discovery Channel has partnered with NASA to reveal the epic struggles, tragedies and triumphs in a bold chapter of human history.

Along with the candid interviews of the people who made it happen, hundreds of hours of never-before-seen film footage from the NASA archives - including sequences on board the actual spacecraft in flight - have been carefully restored, edited and compiled for this landmark collection


Disc 1                            
Episode 1. Ordinary Supermen
Episode 2.
Friends and Rivals


Disc 2                           
1. Landing the Eagle
The Explorers

Disc 3                            
1. The Shuttle
A Home in Space

Disc 4: Bonus Disc (NASA FILMS)    
1. Freedom 7
Friendship 7
Proud Conquest: Gemini 7 & 6

4. Apollo 8 Debrief

5. The Flight of Apollo 11




NASA: 50 Years of Space Exploration (2006)

Product Details

This five-DVD set details the thrilling saga of America's courageous space explorers. Enjoy the epic story of NASA and American exploration like never before. This is an extraordinary DVD collectible, a brilliant combination of adventure story, science, history, and more. Five-DVD set in a collector's decorative tin. Includes bonus chapters and enclosed booklet.

Disc 1

Volume 1 of this series explores the beginnings of the American space Program, from the early Mercury flights to the breathtaking Moon landing on July 20, 1969:

1. Freedom 7 [28:06]

2. The Voyage of Friendship 7 [28:56]

3. The Four Days of Gemini 4 [27:24]

4. Gemini VIII, This Is Houston Flight [25:08]

5. Apollo 11: The Eagle Has Landed [28:21]



Disc 2
Volume 2 traces the epic Apollo Missions that transformed the space program, especially the courageous story of Apollo 13. Plus; it’s detente in space with the docking of Apollo and Soyuz!

1. Apollo 13: Houston, We've Got a Problem [28:09]

2. Apollo 15: In the Mountains of the Moon [27:47]

3. Apollo 16: Nothing So Hidden [28:03]

4. Apollo 17: On the Shoulders of Giants [28:26]

5. The Mission of Apollo-Soyuz [28:59]


Disc 3:

Volume 3 continues the adventure of a lifetime! This disk details the story of Skylab, while exploring the story of bold technological advances.
1. Skylab: The First 40 Days [22:41]

2. Four Rooms: Earth View [27:58]
3. Opening New Frontiers [28:25]
We Deliver [28:31]
5. Launch and Retrieval of Satellites [19:02]

Disc 4
1. Satellite Repairs [20:41]
2. Challenger: Disaster & Investigation [44:41]
3. NASA: The 25th Year [50:00]

Disc 5
1. Living in Space: This Is the International Space Station [37:14]
2. Eyes in the Sky: Spy Satellite [15:39]
3. One American Legend: John Glenn Returns to Space [6:36]
4. Looking for Creation: This Is the Hubble Telescope [37:56]
Where No Man Has Gone: Mars and Beyond [10:35]
6. The Story of Columbia [31:38]
Epilogue: A Look Into the Future [3:21]


Exodus Earth:

Disc 1:




Disc 2:




Disc 3:




Starman (Naked Science)

Close Encounters (Naked Science)

Alien Contact (Naked Science)






Birth of the Earth (Naked Science)                      $19.99

Our planet now supports a huge diversity of living creatures requiring very special conditions, but what was the series of events that brought this unique set of conditions together? What did it take to make a world that would support human life? Our journey begins with the astonishing story of how a giant cloud of inter-stellar dust and gas collapsed to form the sun and planets. Many of the features we take for granted on our living planet were forged in the most violent event in our planet’s history. We wouldn’t have life today without water. But where did the water come from? Where did our oxygen come from? Why do we have a moon? (Chapter 1 and 22)


The Earth’s CoreEarth Science(Naked Science)(Chapters 1 & 7)


The Earth’s Core - What lies at the centre of the Earth?
DVD 54 minutes (clip 0.58 on

Review: There is a place on Earth that we have never seen. It is a place of unimaginable heat and pressure, where no life could survive. Yet without it we would perish for it holds the key to our precarious existence on this planet. 2000 miles below the Earth’s surface, there is a vast ocean of molten iron.

The spinning outer core of the Earth generates a protective magnetic shield around the planet, defending life from lethal space radiation. But now there is startling data that it could be about to stop defending us. We hear from Professor Dave Stevenson about a mission to the centre of the Earth. To penetrate the surface, he would need a probe with as much energy as a magnitude 7 earthquake, powered by atomic warheads. The grapefruit sized probe would then take a week to get to the core, where it would be lost forever.


Inside Planet Earth (Discovery) (Chapters 1 & 7) (84 Minutes)


Inside Planet Earth (2009)

Patrick Stewart , Martin Williams    NR   DVD (84 Minutes)


It's the ultimate voyage our world has to offer: a journey from the temperate surface of our world to the fiery core of the Earth. With the aid of stunning visual effects, the unexplored interior of the Earth is split wide open, giving us an unbelievable view. From glowing seams of pure iron ore to sparkling diamond caverns to the magnetic field that keeps us safe from the lethal radiation of space... for now, this is the fantastical world we live in -- and never see.

Bonus Feature: Amazing Earth
From the heights of Mount Everest to the molten lava fields of Hawaii to the very core of our planet, the geologic forces that have changed the planet's face over the past 4.6 billion years are revealed. With state-of-the-art effects and the latest scientific information, this is the story of striking meteorites, gigantic eruptions, the movement of continents and other geologic events that have shaped our AMAZING EARTH.


Colliding Continents (Naked Science) (Chapters 7 & 1) (54 Minutes)


Colliding Continents
What created the land we see today?

Powerful forces deep below the Earth’s surface are propelling the continents on a restless journey across the face of the globe. They will rip vast landmasses apart and send them smashing into one another, to reshape our world. Oceans will disappear; mountains will crumble, and rise again. And where great cities once stood… there will be little more than fossils.




We investigate the forces that drive this dynamic process – to discover what created the land we see today. And what the future holds for us, on the incredible voyage of our ever-changing continents. What we are observing at the moment is only a snap shot of the global cycle that the Earth has been undergoing for the last 4.5 billion years and will continue to undergo even if we are not around any more. We look into the future to see what the world map will look like in 250 million years time.



Product Details

X-Ray Earth

DVD Release Date: September 12, 2011

Run Time: 45 minutes

In X-Ray Earth, National Geographic reveals the planet as it's never been seen before. Using some of the most cutting-edge tools in science, get an inside look at Earth to learn what makes it tick. Watch as we travel over, across and into Earth to paint a picture of the planet as a living being that breathes, heals and even flexes its muscle.

We'll also go even deeper to show how technology is opening a window that's allowing scientists to read nature's code and the stunning insights science has made about the planet's past, present and future. This is Earth as you've never seen it...from the churning interior to the oceans, to life and even society; X-Ray Earth reveals the intricacies of this living world in ways never done before.



Other Geology Videos:


Faces of Earth (Science)


Landslides (Naked Science) (Chapter 4)

Big Freeze (Naked Science) (Chapter 6)

Meltdown (Naked Science) (Chapter 6)


Magnetic Storm: Earth’s Invisible Shield (NOVA) (Chapter 1)


Tsunami Warning (Naked Science) (Chapter 8)

Tsunami: Killer Wave (NatGeo) (Chapter 8)

East Coast Tsunami (History) (Chapter 8)

Tsunami (History)* (Chapter 8)

Earthquakes (Naked Science) (Chapter 8)

Earthquakes (History) Chapter 8)

Earthquake in the Heartland (History) (Chapter 8)


Volcano: Nature’s Inferno (Nat Geo) (Chapter 9)

Supervolcanos (Naked Science) (Chapter 9)

Supervolcano: It’s Under Yellowstone. And it’s Overdue.(Discovery) (Chapter 9)

Volcano Alert (Naked Science) (Chapter 9)

Ultimate Guide Volcanoes (Discovery) (Chapter 9)

Volcano Under the City (NOVA)* (Chapter 9)

Mystery of Mega Volcano (NOVA)*(Chapter 9)

In the Path of a Killer Volcano (The Eruption of Mount Pinatubo) NOVA(Chapter 9)


Life After People (History)

The Day the Earth Nearly Died (Discovery) 2011

Forces of Nature (Nat Geo)


Wipeout: Extension Events (Naked Science)


Aftermath: The World Without Oil (Nat Geo)


Geological Journey (2 disc-5 hours) (Canadian Public Television)

Episode 1: The Great Lakes

Episode 2: The Rockies

Episode 3: The Canadian Shield

Episode 4: The Appalachians

Episode 5: The Atlantic Coast


When the Earth Erupted Series (Science Channel) (DVD not available)

Episode #1 The African Rift

Episode #2 Himalayas

Episode #3 Europe

Episode #4 Western Pacific Rim

Episode #5 Eastern Pacific Rim


How the Earth Was Made-Season 1 (4 Disc 10 hours)

Disc 1

San Andreas Fault

The Deepest Place on Earth


Loch Ness


Disc 2

New York

Driest Place on Earth

Great Lakes


Disc 3:





Disc 4:



The Alps





How the Earth Was Made-Season 2 (4 Disc 10 hours)

Disc 1

Grand Canyon


Birth of the Earth



Disc 2


The Rockies

Ring of Fire


Disc 3:


Death Valley

Mt. St. Helens


Disc 4:

Earth’s Deadliest Eruption

America’s Ise Age

America’s Gold


How the Earth Changed History (BBC) (300 minutes)

Miracle Planet

Episode 1: The Violent Past

Episode 2: Snowball Earth

Episode 3: New Frontiers

Episode 4: Extinction & Rebirth

Episode 5: Survival of the Fittest


Global Warming:

6 Degrees Could Change the World (Nat Geo)

Solar Energy (NOVA)*

Planet in Peril (CNN)

Dimming the Sun (Nova) (2004)*

Global Warming (PBS)*

Polar Apocalypse (naked science 2006)



Lightning Strike (Naked Science)

Lightning (NOVA)

Tornado Alley (History)

Hunt for the Supertwister (NOVA)

Super Twister (NOVA)

Tornado Glory (PBS)*

Tornado (NOVA)*

Tornado Intercept (Nat Geo)*

Hurricanes (History)*

Hurricane (NOVA)*

The Life and Times of El Nino*

Surviving Nature’s Fury (Naked Science)

Angry Skies (Naked Science)

Tesla: Master of Lightning (PBS)



The Weather (2 disc) (BBC)

Wind; Wet; Cold; Heat


Wonders of Weather (The Learning Channel) 1996

Format: 13 VHS Length: 390 min. Copyright: 1996 Producer: Ambrose Video Publishing, Inc.

Episode #1: Hurricane (30 minutes) (Chapter 19)

Episode #2: Tornado (30 Minutes) (Chapter 19)

Episode #3: Forecasting (30 minutes) (Chapter 18)

Episode #4: Winds and Waves (30 minutes) (Chapter 18)

Episode #5: Rain and Flood (30 Minutes) (Chapter 17)

Episode #6: Snow (30 minutes) (Chapter 17)

Episode #7: Deserts (30 minutes)

Episode #8: Mystery of Fog (30 minutes) (Chapter 17)

Episode #9: Splendor in the Sky (30 minutes) (Chapter 17)

Episode #10: Signs in the Sky (30 minutes) (Chapter 17)

Episode #10: Things that Fall from the Sky (30 minutes)

Episode #12: The Weather Machine (30 minutes) (Chapter 20)

Episode #13: Lightning (30 minutes) (Chapter 19)


Storm Chasers

Season One: 2 Disks 2007

Season Two: 2 Disks  2008

Season Three: 2 Disks 2010


Drain the Ocean (Nat Geo)

Birth of the Oceans (Naked Science)

The Deep (Naked Science)

The Endless Voyage Series: (2001)
1. An Ocean World
First Steps
3. Making the Pieces Fit
4. World in Motion
Over the Edge
An Ocean’s Memory
It’s in the Water
8. Beneath the Surface
Going to Extremes
Something in the Air
Going with the Flow
Deep Connections
Surf’s Up
14. Look Out Below
15. Ebb and Flow
On the Coast
Due West
Building Blocks
Water World
Food for Thought
Life Goes On
23. Living Together
Treasure Trove
Dirty Water
Hands On