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The Planets | NOVA

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Wednesdays, Jul. 31–Aug. 14, 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 or STREAM |   Explore the eight-plus worlds of our own solar system as NOVA goes through space as we know it today. 

In this five-part series, NOVA will explore the awesome beauty of the planets, including Saturn’s 175,000-mile-wide rings; Mars’ ancient waterfalls, 4 times the size of any found on Earth; and Neptune’s winds, 12 times stronger than any hurricane felt on our planet.

Using unique special effects and extraordinary footage captured by orbiters, landers and rovers, we’ll treat viewers to an up-close look at these faraway worlds. We’ll stand on the dark side of Pluto, lit only by the reflected light of its moons, watch the sun set over an ancient Martian waterfall, and witness a storm twice the size of Earth from high above Saturn. And, we’ll reveal how each of them has affected our own planet: Earth.

Inner Worlds | July 24 | 9 p.m.
The rocky planets have similar origins, but only one supports life. Was it always this way?

Mars | July 24 | 10 p.m. 
Before it was the dry red planet, Mars was a wet world that may have had the ingredients for life. 

Jupiter | July 31 | 9 p.m.
Jupiter's massive gravitational force has made it both a wrecking ball and a protector of Earth. 

Saturn |  August 7 | 9 p.m. 
NASA's Cassini reveals the mysteries of Saturn's rings- and new hope for life on one of its moons.

Ice Worlds | August 14 | 9 p.m. 
Beyond the bizarre, icy worlds of Uranus and Neptune, Pluto dazzles with its mysterious ocean. 

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