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The Universe: Ancient Mysteries Solved 7 Seasons 2012

Season 6
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Season 6 of the pioneering series The Universe on H2 takes viewers further than ever, to the extreme edges of our solar system where chaos and catastrophe bring epic drama to the planets - including some of the most horrifying days on Earth.

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1. Catastrophes that Changed the Planets

The planets of our solar system have experienced epic catastrophes throughout their long history, both raining down from outside and bubbling up from within. We'll voyage back in time to investigate the violent events that profoundly shaped the planets, including earth itself. We'll witness stunning revelations about what transformed Mars into a barren, hostile desert.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 25, 2011
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2. Nemesis: The Sun's Evil Twin

Could there be a monstrous, undiscovered star orbiting our own Sun? Could it be scattering killer comets throughout our Solar System like clockwork every 26 million years? New scientific surveys are probing the edges of our Solar System--a realm populated by giant worlds and mysterious planetoid--hunting for Nemesis, the Sun's purported evil twin.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 1, 2011
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3. How the Solar System was Made

At 4.6 billion years old, the Solar System is our solid, secure home in the Universe. But how did it come to be? In this episode we trace the system's birth from a thin cloud of dust and gas. Shocked by a nearby supernova, the pull of gravity and natural rotation spun it into a flat disc from which the Sun and planets coalesced.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 8, 2011
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4. Crash Landing on Mars

What might happen if the first manned mission to Mars crashes hundreds of miles from the rocket that would take them back home? Could they survive the crash, and travel across the brutal Martian surface to their home ship? We'll show what the astronauts would have to do to survive dust storms and space radiation, while extracting vital resources like water from the Martian soil itself.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 22, 2011
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5. Worst Days on Planet Earth

Earth may seem like the most hospitable planet in the solar system. But look again. Startling new discoveries reveal the blue planet has been plagued by more chaos and destruction than scientists once imagined. Stand on the Earth billions of years ago as a primitive planet slams into it. Shiver as our entire globe is frozen over like a gigantic snowball.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: November 29, 2011
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6. How Big, How Far, How Fast

In this episode, our cast uses awesome analogies to bring the biggest objects, farthest distances and fastest speeds down to earth. To truly understand the scale of the cosmos, we jump behind the wheel of monster trucks, scale the Golden Gate bridge, and race across the desert in a rocket-powered car.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 12, 2011
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7. UFO: The Real Deal

Many argue that flying saucers and other extra-terrestrial space ships continuously visit the earth. If that were true, what kinds of technologies would such alien spacecraft require? And do eyewitness reports of UFO sightings jibe with modern theories of how interstellar travel might be possible?

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 13, 2011
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8. God and the Universe

Since the dawn of civilization, humans have wondered who or what created the universe. Religion offers a spiritual answer, but do the latest discoveries in physics show evidence of a transcendent intelligence, or simply that the laws of physics by themselves could have led to the universe in which we live?

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 20, 2011
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9. Alien Sounds

What does the Universe sound like? From the sweep of a pulsar, to the deafening roar of our boiling sun this episode explores the undiscovered soundscapes of the solar system, the galaxy, and the entire cosmos. And, is it true that in space nobody can hear you scream? Our scientists reveal that there are places in the Universe that prove this sci-fi statement wrong.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 30, 2011
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10. Our Place in the Milky Way

An exploration of Earth's cosmic neighborhood. Looking beyond the borders of our solar system, what's nearby in our galaxy? How do the other objects in our local area influence life on Earth? And, how did Earth's place in the galaxy make it the perfect place for the development of advanced life?

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: May 13, 2012
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11. Deep Freeze

There really are ice worlds like Hoth from Star Wars. In this episode, we explore icy planets and moons, discover the role of cold in the Universe, and learn about the importance of ice to the development of habitable worlds.

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12. Microscopic Universe

Within our immense universe lies a lesser-known world of tiny particles. From strange ghostly neutrinos that pass right through matter to mysterious objects with names like MACHOs and WIMPs.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: June 3, 2012
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13. Ride the Comet

Hitch a ride on the journey of a comet as it roars from the cold, dark outer reaches of the solar system to the fiery surface of the Sun.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: June 10, 2012
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14. When Space Changed History

It may seem like seem like science fiction, but the cosmos isn't just something way out there. Many times in human history, objects or forces from space have changed the course of life on earth.

TV-14Subtitles and Closed Captions Language: English Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: June 17, 2012
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