Known Universe 2009 | TV Show Watchlist
A documentary series that sheds light on some of the most astonishing aspects of the universe.
Premiered: February 15, 2009
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The world didn't end on 5/21/11 as some feared, but someday it will, and not just on Earth, but for asteroids, comets, moons, planets, stars and everything in our Known Universe. To demonstrate this complex cycle of life and death, scientist David Kaplan watches the destruction of a 16-story building shattering the structure while creating new matter and debris.
Engineering in space represents the future of human civilization but also poses some of our greatest technical difficulties. Building in zero-G is like constructing a ship at sea while it's moving. Known Universe travels to NASA's tool lab to check out the gear needed to build in this challenging environment, from high-tech wrenches and hammers to the ultimate robotic handyman.
Known Universe reveals the tools, techniques and materials we'll need to create homes and more amongst the stars.
Volcanic eruptions aren't unique to Earth. They're common throughout the solar system. Eruptions are capable of both destruction and creation, and Known Universe explores their astonishing effects on humans and entire galaxies. We'll head to the big island of Hawaii to get up close and personal with one of the most active lava fields on the planet. Is there a way to predict when the next catastrophic eruption might occur?
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- Premiered: February 15, 2009
- Rating: TV-G
- Premise: A documentary series that sheds light on some of the most astonishing aspects of the universe. (more)