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Nova: Finding Life Beyond Earth [Blu-ray]

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Finding Life Beyond Earth explores the sights and sounds of alien worlds as scientists try to answer one of life s greatest questions: Are we alone in the universe?

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KLOPLO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,098 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Yenn on January 28, 2012
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After watching this film, you will be most certain there is life outside of earth. Though there is no direct proof yet, the scientific evidence presented thus far paints a picture you'll be convinced, beyond a reasonable doubt. Way to go, NOVA / PBS does it again!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pletko on May 12, 2012
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"Is the Earth the only planet of its kind in the universe? Or is there somewhere else like this out there? Is there life beyond Earth? The search for alien life is one of humankind's greatest technological challenges. And scientists are seeking new ways to find answers.

Leading the search are sophisticated telescopes that scan the sky and an armada of robotic [space] probes exploring the outer reaches of our solar system, all revealing the planets, moons, asteroids, and comets like never before. The search reveals evidence of strange and unexpected worlds, places with lakes, storms, and rain, violent places driven by powerful forces deep underground. Worlds that may have hidden oceans hundreds of millions of miles from the heat of the sun.

New [space] missions are helping to unlock the mysteries of what makes a planet habitable, raising the question of whether the building blocks of life [called amino acids] are more prevalent than previously imagined, not just in our own solar system but possibly throughout our Galaxy."

The above extract is found is what the narrator says at the beginning of the extraordinary documentary.

This film is made up of two parts. The first part and second part are separated by an "interlude" which occurs about 52 minutes into the program. Here is what the narrator says to introduce this second part:

"Are we alone in the universe? This age-old question is yielding some provocative new answers. Recent discoveries suggest that the conditions for life might be more prevalent than ever imagined.

Missions to our neighbour Mars are revealing evidence that [liquid] water, a key ingredient for life, may be present.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Roger H. Kreil on February 8, 2012
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This DVD is a good update from the "Life Beyond Earth" DVD that they put out eleven years ago. They know more now so it is more informative. I highly recommend getting it if you are interested in space, life beyond earth, and the like!:D
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shawn on March 16, 2013
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I gave this a four because I had hoped that it would have more information on the latest findings by astronamers in the hunt for habitable planets like the Earth. Instead this is mostly about the robotic science expeditions to the planets and the moons in our solar system. The footage and information presented is first rate and what I expected from PBS. This program ca seem a little long but there is a lot of recent data on the possibility of life in our solar system. I would still recomend this dvd to almost anyone, though the space enthusiast would really enjoy it the most.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tearofsoul on March 8, 2012
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Well, adding Finding Life Beyond Earth (Nova) into the following list:

The Universe (History Channel)
How The Universe Works (Discovery Channnel)
Known Universe (National Geographic)
Journey to the Edge of the Universe (National Geographic)
Into The Universe With Stephen Hawking (Discovery Channel)

They all inspire me such a way that...hmmm...not so easy to explain.
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By Jim Colyer on September 21, 2014
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Scientists search the solar system for places where life might exist. Mercury and Venus are too hostile. Mercury is basically a ball of iron, the core of a planet. The three ingredients making life possible on Earth are energy from the sun, water and organic compounds (those containing carbon, oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen). Planet formation is discussed, and the possible role of comets. Comets contain amino acids, the seeds of life. It is believed that water once flowed on Mars, and one guy calls Mars an ice cube covered with dirt. These people desperately want to find extraterrestrial life while Curiosity roams Mars looking for organic molecules. Further out, it is hinted that Jupiter's moon Europa may harbor life in oceans beneath its ice. Finally, it is suggested that Saturn's moons Enceladus and Titan may have internal energy sources. Titan has lakes of liquid methane, and astrobiologists wonder whether different kinds of life might form in liquids other than water. Planet-hunter Geoff Marcy closes the show. From TV's Nova.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Shapiro on June 19, 2014
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This was well done but I found it just interesting enough and didn't give me the entire information for now and in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grandpa on September 8, 2014
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This is a repeat of Nova but I wanted my own copy. It wasn't exactly the show I wanted - but OK
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