NOVA: The Planets DVD & Blu-ray

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The four planets closest to the sun, called the rocky planets, were born from the same material in the same era. Only on Earth do we find the unique conditions for life as we know it. But why only here? Were Earth's neighbors always so extreme? And is there somewhere else in the solar system life might flourish?
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The four planets closest to the sun, called the rocky planets, were born from the same material in the same era. Only on Earth do we find the unique conditions for life as we know it. But why only here? Were Earth's neighbors always so extreme? And is there somewhere else in the solar system life might flourish?

NOVA: The Planets Among the stars in the night sky wander the worlds of our own solar system -- each home to truly awe-inspiring sights: a volcano three times as tall as Everest, geysers erupting with icy plumes, a cyclone larger than Earth that’s been churning for hundreds of years. In this five-part series, NOVA explores the awesome beauty of The Planets. With special effects and extraordinary footage captured by orbiters, landers and rovers, you’ll get up-close look at Saturn’s 45,000-mile-wide rings, Mars’ towering ancient waterfalls, and Neptune’s supersonic winds. Scientists share the inside story of the missions that revealed everything from methane lakes on a distant moon to the mysterious unfrozen sea in Pluto’s heart. Along the way, NOVA reveals how each of these spectacular worlds has shaped our own planet: Earth.

Producer: Nic Stacey, Zoe Heron, Gideon Bradshaw, Martin Johnson, Stephen Cooter, Melanie Wallace
Executive Producer: Paula S. Apsell, Julia Cort, Chris Schmidt, Andrew Cohen
Production Company: WGBH; BBC Studios Limited
Production Year: 2019
Copyright Year: 2019
Rating: TV-G
Director: Martin Johnson, Stephen Cooter, Nic Stacey
Narrator: Zachary Quinto
Number of Discs: 2
Length: 300 minutes
Number of Episodes:5
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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norma
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5.0 star rating
08/13/22
It was very informative and
Review by norma on 08/13/22 review stating It was very informative and
It was very informative and interesting..
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Michael
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5.0 star rating
08/09/22
The Planets
Review by Michael on 08/09/22 review stating The Planets
Terrific to find out how the planets formed in the solar system.
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Dona
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5.0 star rating
05/09/22
Excellent.
Review by Dona on 05/09/22 review stating Excellent.
Excellent.
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Lucia B.
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5.0 star rating
05/04/22
After seeing both programs on
Review by Lucia B. on 05/04/22 review stating After seeing both programs on
After seeing both programs on TV, bought the DVDs for my grandchildren.
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Daniel
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5.0 star rating
02/03/22
NOVA: Hunting the Planets
Review by Daniel on 02/03/22 review stating NOVA: Hunting the Planets
The rapid rate of new exploration and discovery has prevented a comprehensive documentary overview of our solar system. But with the New Horizons fly-by of Pluto, NOVA was able to do so here. Not only includes fascinating facts and footage from each planet, but excellent summaries of our exploration of them, and the forces that shaped (and still shape) them. Among those agents of change are not only the sun, but the other planets, moons, and asteroids themselves. Loved the fact they spent some time discussing the asteroid between Mars and Jupiter, Cerus, and the amazing dance between the giant planets and their moons. The documentary discusses attributes of the planets (and some moons) pertaining to habitability (temperature, atmosphere, magnetic shares, etc.). And even answers that question about the difference between planet and ward planet. My quibbles are minor. Like any good show, it sort of leaves you wanting more. The perfectionist in me actually would have appreciated inclusion of some more of the boring encyclopedic data for each. For example, while each introduction to the planet includes the average distance from the sun and diameter, other facts like length of solar year, rate of rotation, gravity and atmospheric pressure relative to earths are discussed for some but not all. And answer to some more basic physics question like why do most of the solar systems planets lie on the same plane and why orbits are elliptical instead of perfect circles. A bit more on other Kuiper Belt objects including Plutos own moons, and the amazing fact that Plutos orbit brings it closer to the sun would have brought this closer to being definitive (for now at least). But again, these are minor quibbles. I absolutely would buy this again and hope that NOVA maybe comes out with supplementary episodes or even a second addition at some point.
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Mauricio
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5.0 star rating
12/24/21
Do not stop learning.
Review by Mauricio on 12/24/21 review stating Do not stop learning.
The best place to buy Your documentary and keep learning about Our World and the universe.
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Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
12/15/21
Nova: Dead Sea Scrolls Detectives DVD
Review by M on 12/15/21 review stating Nova: Dead Sea Scrolls Detectives DVD
I watched this program on TV a few months ago. I watched the program in its entirety and was grateful for its truth. Very cool. Very interesting. Planning to buy the DVD for me and extra copies for when my kids find my stuff. And, theyll pass it on to their next generations hopefully. Or, at least will wind up at a library or second-hand shop!
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Ernesto
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5.0 star rating
12/12/21
Space
Review by Ernesto on 12/12/21 review stating Space
Very interesting informative show.
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LORENA
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5.0 star rating
10/03/21
Interesting and informative
Review by LORENA on 10/03/21 review stating Interesting and informative
Interesting and informative
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Phyliss
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5.0 star rating
07/13/21
NOVA: The Planets DVD
Review by Phyliss on 07/13/21 review stating NOVA: The Planets DVD
I really love the series. beautiful visuals and awesome commentary. I hope they create more like it in the future.
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Techmad
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3.0 star rating
05/19/21
no Wernher von Braun?
Review by Techmad on 05/19/21 review stating no Wernher von Braun?
Goddard? no von Braun? a key German scientists the Soviets Russians rushed to capture? without whom NASA landing on the moon would not have been possible? go back to #school!
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Rocket M.
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3.0 star rating
05/19/21
This was five years too early
Review by Rocket M. on 05/19/21 review stating This was five years too early
Like all Nova episodes, Rise of the Rockets is very well done and quite informative - it does quite a good job of explaining the rocket equation. Where it falls short is that it is featuring rockets that havent flown people into space yet. While SpaceX is well on its way to getting people into orbit (and should have by the first half of 2020), Blue Origin has a long way to go in having hardware that will reach this milestone as does SLS and Starliner is probably a year or more away from reaching orbit with people inside. Along with this, there is the aspirational goal of landing people on the moon in 2024. Most Nova episodes are timeless; they are excellent references/snapshots in time that will last forever. Rise of the Rockets doesnt meet this standard and technological achievements that are a year or three out. The 2025 version of this episode will be worth waiting for.
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Bill
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5.0 star rating
05/19/21
Great episode!
Review by Bill on 05/19/21 review stating Great episode!
I wish it was on Blu Ray too
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Ama
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5.0 star rating
05/19/21
awe-inspiring
Review by Ama on 05/19/21 review stating awe-inspiring
I viewed the entire series on the Planets on NOVA and was enthralled. I highly recommend owning your own copy, especially if you have children who might study the solar system in school!

"This five-part series is a kind of fantasy travelogue, taking the latest data about how conditions on Mars Venus, Saturn and the other planets compare to our own world and using this info to immerse viewers in alien landscapes for a one of-a-kind tour of our solar system." - Los Angeles Times.com



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