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The Buzz From Deep Space

"Mysteries of Deep Space," a three-part program airing on many PBS stations at 8:00 p.m. April 14th, April 21st, and April 28th, has been widely acclaimed by critics. The following excerpts are a sampling of the feedback that this landmark program has received.


"Astronomers take us into the black holes of time in a search for the fate of the universe, speculating along the way on the existence of other planets and worlds more like our own. A big bang for the home astronomer."
-The New York Times


"What distinguishes 'Mysteries' from public TV's long line of space documentaries -- including the 1980 landmark series 'Cosmos' -- is the mother lode of Hubble images that it has tapped. Hubble, for the non-astronomers among you, is the space telescope that has produced more pictures of more deep-space objects -- and with more clarity -- than any telescope in history.

But 'Mysteries' producers have gone an extra step: They have used computer animation techniques to manipulate these already extraordinary images, so that what viewers will see are stars in the act of exploding...Galaxies in the act of colliding...Black holes in the act of sucking the life out of healthy stars.

'Mysteries,' as such, is a mindblower of a documentary."

- Verne Gay, Newsday


"With eye-popping photography and computer simulations, 'Mysteries of Deep Space' takes viewers to the outer limits of astronomy and cosmology.

In fact, the show reaches almost to the edge of the universe. The Hubble Space Telescope is picking up tantalizing pictures of galaxies as they existed many billions of years ago.

Astrophysical fireworks come along next week, with graphic depictions of supernovas and black holes. Actually, you can't see a black hole, and it's only recently been proved that they exist. But you wouldn't want one in the neighborhood."

- John Cameron, San Francisco Chronicle


"The visual experience is genuinely thrilling... For the most part, this don't miss series is big and beautiful."

- Hollywood Reporter

"Some cosmic questions get eye-popping answers."

- New York Post

"Starting tonight, PBS extends the exploration of the heavens all the way back some 15 billion years, when the universe was apparently born with the biggest bang in all creation.

Using state-of-the art computer animation, live action sequences and eye boggling images from the always hovering Hubble-in-the-Sky, 'Mysteries of Deep Space' sets out to explain where our universe is coming from and how it got to where we are today..."

"...Stacy Keach provides the mellifluous narration as tonight's opener ventures 'to the very brink of time and space,' using Earth's very own galaxy, the Milky Way as a window into the distant past.

Some of what we are told about our origins is simply incredible, helping us to envision how the universe evolved."

- Jerry Krupnick, The Star-Ledger


'It's a great time to be an astronomer!' Mark Dickinson said that, and for him it is true.

Dickinson is a member of the international team of astronomers working on an unprecedented astronomical assignment, Project Hubble Deep Field. The work Dickinson and his team are doing on that project is just one of many things that will amaze you on PBS' exciting, three-part series on 'Mysteries of Deep Space.'

"...The excitement certainly does come across on this program. It emanates from the astronomers. Their enthusiasm is irresistible, and their missions are fascinating.

Take Margaret Geller, for example. She's mapping the galaxies of the universe, and she predicts astronomers will map the entire universe - now there's food for thought - by the end of the next century.

Since 1993, when we all sat glued to TV watching NASA's amazing astronauts repair it, the Hubble Space telescope has given astronomers a new vision of celestial history, and no wonder the ones we meet here are so enthusiastic about their work.

- Ann Hodges, Houston Chronicle

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