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Alien Planets Revealed

Are we alone—and if not, what might the inhabitants of far-flung worlds look like? Airing January 8, 2014 at 9 pm on PBS Aired January 8, 2014 on PBS

Program Description

It’s a golden age for planet hunters: NASA's Kepler mission has identified more than 3,500 potential planets orbiting stars beyond our Sun. Some of them, like a planet called Kepler-22b, might even be able to harbor life. How did we come upon this distant planet? Combining startling animation with input from expert astrophysicists and astrobiologists, “Alien Planets Revealed” takes viewers on a journey along with the Kepler telescope. How does the telescope look for planets? How many of these planets are like our Earth? Will any of these planets be suitable for life as we know it? Bringing the creative power of veteran animators together with the latest discoveries in planet-hunting, “Alien Planets Revealed” shows the successes of the Kepler mission, taking us to planets beyond our solar system and providing a glimpse of creatures we might one day encounter.

Broadcast Credits

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Alex Sutherland
DIRECTED BY
Nathan Williams
CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Ben Bowie
EDITED BY
Rob Tinworth
Adam Garstone
Christine Pancott
CAMERA
Jonathan Dacey
Ivan Hinchley
SOUND RECORDISTS
Percy Urgena
John Osborne
Steve Hopkins
Kristian Edwards
NARRATED BY
Lance Lewman
ANIMATION
Barefoot
DSP VFX
Nathan Williams
PRODUCTION MANAGER
Pete Hirst
SCIENCE CONSULTANT
Lewis Dartnell
ASSISTANT PRODUCER
Edward Watkins
PRODUCTION SECRETARY
Emily Wilkinson
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Freya Williams
ONLINE EDITOR AND COLORIST
Michael H. Amundson
AUDIO MIX
Heart Punch Studio Inc.
ARCHIVE RESEARCH
Paul Gardner
ASSOCIATE RESEARCHER
Shraddha Chakradhar
ARCHIVAL MATERIAL
Artbeats
BBC Motion Gallery
Andrew Cooper
Corbis Images
Discovery Communications Inc.
ESA/Hubble
ESA/Hubble (M. Kornmesser, Lars Lindberg Christensen)
Getty Images
Stéphane Guisard, "Los Cielos de America"
Kepler Mission / NASA Ames Research Center
NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Dr. Alex Parker
Science Photo Library
Scene Bigger
W. M. Keck Observatory
Wild Arena
SPECIAL THANKS
Aquarium Of The Bay, San Francisco
William Borucki
Desert Studies Center
Jim Tang
NOVA SERIES GRAPHICS
yU + co.
NOVA THEME MUSIC
Walter Werzowa
John Luker
Musikvergnuegen, Inc.
ADDITIONAL NOVA THEME MUSIC
Ray Loring
Rob Morsberger
CLOSED CAPTIONING
The Caption Center
POST PRODUCTION ONLINE EDITOR
Michael H. Amundson
PUBLICITY
Eileen Campion
Eddie Ward
SENIOR RESEARCHER
Kate Becker
NOVA ADMINISTRATOR
Kristen Sommerhalter
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Linda Callahan
PARALEGAL
Sarah Erlandson
TALENT RELATIONS
Scott Kardel, Esq.
Janice Flood
LEGAL COUNSEL
Susan Rosen
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
Rachel Connolly
DIGITAL MANAGING PRODUCER
Kristine Allington
SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR
Tim De Chant
DIRECTOR OF NEW MEDIA
Lauren Aguirre
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
Lisa Leombruni
UNIT MANAGER
Ariam McCrary
POST PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Brittany Flynn
POST PRODUCTION EDITOR
Rebecca Nieto
POST PRODUCTION MANAGER
Nathan Gunner
COMPLIANCE MANAGER
Linzy Emery
BUSINESS MANAGER
Elizabeth Benjes
DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
David Condon
PROJECT DIRECTOR
Pamela Rosenstein
COORDINATING PRODUCER
Laurie Cahalane
SENIOR SCIENCE EDITOR
Evan Hadingham
SENIOR PRODUCERS
Julia Cort
Chris Schmidt
SENIOR SERIES PRODUCER
Melanie Wallace
MANAGING DIRECTOR
Alan Ritsko
SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Paula S. Apsell

© 2014 Darlow Smithson Productions Ltd.

All Rights Reserved

Additional Material © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation

Produced by DSP for NOVA/WGBH Boston in association with Channel 5

This program was produced by WGBH, which is solely responsible for its content.

IMAGE

(CGI recreation Kepler 10b)
© Darlow Smithson Productions

Participants

Natalie Batalha
NASA Ames Research Center
David Charbonneau
Harvard University
Lewis Dartnell
University of Leicester
Kevin Heng
University of Bern
Nancy Y. Kiang
NASA
Andrew Knoll
Harvard University
Geoff Marcy
University of California, Berkeley
Chris Mckay
NASA
Sara Seager
MIT
Bill Sellers
The University of Manchester

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