Cosmic Journeys

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Episode Guide


  • Season 1
    • Return to the Moon
      A new space race is on, with half a dozen countries launching missions to explore the moon. The goal is to pave the way for a permanent human presence. A SpaceRip TV original, in collaboration with
    • 3/25/11
      How solar eruptions could threaten our high-tech society. A SpaceRipTV original, in collaboration with
    • 4/16/11
      From the mysterious moons of Saturn comes evidence of possible subsurface oceans and the pre-conditions for life. A SpaceRip TV original, in collaboration with
    • 5/2/11
      Did Mars long ago develop far enough for life to arise? If so, does anything still live somewhere underground? The search for answers has revealed the forces that long ago doomed the Red Planet.
    • Super Hurricanes
      Super Hurricanes
      Episode 5
      Why some tropical storms erupt into monster hurricanes capable of wrecking coastlines. Can they be predicted? A SpaceRipTV original with
    • The largest black hole measured to date is a whopping 18 billion times the mass of the Sun. Monsters like this wreak havoc on the cosmos while setting the stage for worlds like ours. From SpaceRipTV in collaboration with
    • How Large Is the Universe?
      The mind-blowing answer comes from a theory describing the first micro-moments of our universe. SpaceRipTV in collaboration with Narrated by executive producer Dave Brody.
    • The Horizons of Deep Time
      How long will the Universe as we know it survive? The answer depends on whether Stephen Hawking's theory about how black holes decay is right. SpaceRip in collaboration with
    • It's the ultimate buddy movie. Forty years ago, astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean walked on the moon in what may be the most important of the six Apollo moon missions - and had a blast along the way.
    • Black Hole at the Center of the Milky Way Galaxy
      Astronomers tracking stars at the center of the galaxy have found the best proof to date that black holes exist. Now, they are shooting for the first direct image of a black hole.
    • The search for Earth-like planets is reaching a fever-pitch. Does the evidence so far help shed light on the ancient question: Is the galaxy filled with life, or is Earth just a beautiful, lonely aberration?
    • Voyage to Pandora
      Voyage to Pandora
      Episode 12
      Pandora is the idyllic blue world featured in the movie Avatar. It's location is a real place: Alpha Centauri, the nearest star to our Sun and the most likely destination for humanity's first interstellar voyage.
    • Venus: Death of a Planet
      From the fires of our Sun's birth, twin planets emerged: Venus and Earth. Nature draped one world in the greens and blues of life, while enveloping the other in acid clouds... high heat... and volcanic flows. Why did Venus take such a disastrous turn?
    • Cold Sparks & Black Holes: Energy Scales of the Universe
      This episode climbs a ladder of increasingly powerful events, from frigid gas clouds to nuclear explosions, on out to the seething environments of black holes. The idea is to locate Earth within the vast power scales that define our universe.
    • Is the Universe Infinite?
      Many astronomers now conclude that what we can see, the stars and galaxies that stretch out to the limits of our vision, represent only a small fraction of all there is. Does the universe go on forever? Where do we fit within it?
    • Alien Planets & Eyeball Earths: The Search for Habitable Planets
      The hunt for planets beyond our solar system has reached a fever pitch. Scientists are beginning to envision what these worlds are like, and in the process, redefining what a planet might need to spawn life.
    • 8/19/11
      Explores one of the deepest mysteries about how our universe came to be. Scientists are mounting new efforts to figure out how matter survived, and what happened to its birth twin, a mysterious substance known as antimatter?
    • 10/14/11
      Cosmology has been turned on its head by a stunning discovery that the universe is flying apart in all directions at an ever-increasing rate. The scientists who made this discovery were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics.
    • 0.0
      Over the next decade, the United States, Japan, India, China, Russia, and even private companies, are planning to send spacecraft to explore the moon. These missions are looking for resources that may one day allow humans to settle permanently in space.
    • 11/27/12
      It was one of the greatest mysteries in modern science: a series of brief but extremely bright flashes of ultra-high energy light coming from somewhere out in space. What can we learn from the violent birth of a black hole?
    • Solar Storms and Plasma Rockets
      Join a small team of rocket designers as they open a window into the future of space travel.
    • Voyager Journey to the Stars
      Now tens of billions of kilometers from Earth, the two Voyager spacecraft are streaking out into the void. What will we learn about the Galaxy, the Universe, and ourselves from Voyager's epic Journey to the stars?
    • Earth in 1000 Years
      There are signs that Earth's great stores of ice are beginning to melt. With sea levels beginning to rise, scientists are looking back at climates past to see where our planet may be headed 1000 into the future and beyond.
    • Reinventing Space Flight
      A small cadre of scientists is attempting to revolutionize space travel and exploration. This action-packed episode explores a big dream at the moment of its birth, taking us along on dramatic balloon and flights into colorful geomagnetic storms.
    • Supervolcanoes
      Episode 25
      They are eruptions so vast, so Earth-shattering, they have changed the history of our planet. Climate collapse. Toxic turmoil. Mass extinction. They are Earth's largest and most destructive Supervolcanoes.
    • Fate of Antarctica
      Episode 26
      Through its turbulent history, the continent of The frozen continent of Antarctica has played an important role in the evolution of Earth's surface. See how its fate is linked to the fate of the world we know.