They are the biggest questions that science can possibly ask: where did everything in our universe come from? How did it all begin? For nearly a hundred years, we thought we had the answer, a big bang some 14 billion years ago. But now some scientists believe that was not really the beginning.
The newest findings in nanotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, bionics and genetics appear in the media every day, but with no analysis of their common aim, that of exceeding human limitations. Are we prepared for dealing with the prospect that humanity is not the end of evolution?
According to many cosmologists, it is only a matter of time before a cosmic force will annihilate the planet. At this very moment, NASA’s top brass and other scientists are arming themselves with the latest technology to pre-empt an apocalyptic attack. We investigate a number of bizarre, unexplained and terrifying ‘end of earth’ scenarios. We meet scientists from around the world who are racing against the clock to develop technology to detect and defend our planet from apocalyptic demons.
The Red Planet, we investigate the nature and composition of the planet in our solar system that shares the most similarities with Earth. Despite otherworldly features - such as the largest volcano in the Solar System - the red planet had much in common with our own one. Rumours of life on Mars may be substantiated as NASA orbiters and rovers discover new evidence of frozen water just beneath the rusty soil.
"The Universe" investigates the scientific origins of the moon, asking how it came to be. The answer is more astounding and spectacular than most residents of earth have ever imagined. For thousands of years, mankind has found comfort in its presence. It has been a lantern for nocturnal travellers, a timekeeper for farmer and a location finder for sailors at sea. For some cultures, it has even been a god. It is also the only cosmic body ever visited by human beings.
Our sun is a fireball in the sky, a bubbling, boiling, kinetic sphere of white hot plasma, exploding and erupting. Its size is almost unimaginable: one million Earths would fit within its boundaries. In this violence is born almost all the energy that makes existence on Earth possible. Yet its full mysteries are only now beginning to be understood. From sun spots to solar eclipses, solar flares to solar storms, the birth of the sun to its potential death, discover the science and history behind this celestial object that makes life on Earth possible.