(These programs no longer available for streaming.) Has the universe always existed? How did it become a place that could harbor life? What was the birth of our planet like? Are we alone, or are there alien worlds waiting to be discovered? NOVA presents some startling new answers in "Origins," a groundbreaking four-part NOVA miniseries hosted by dynamic astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Tyson leads viewers on a cosmic journey to the beginning of time and into the distant reaches of the universe, searching for life's first stirrings and its traces on other worlds.
Hosted and Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson Produced and Directed by
(Earth is Born, How Life Began) Alice Harper Narration Written by
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Joseph McMaster Written, Produced and Directed by
(Where are the Aliens?) Julia Cort and Larry Klein Written, Produced and Directed by
(Back to the Beginning) Thomas Levenson Origins Executive Editor Neil deGrasse Tyson Origins Executive Producer Thomas Levenson Director of Photography
(Back to the Beginning) Robert Elfstrom Co-Producer
(Back to the Beginning) Craig Ginsberg Associate Producers
(Earth is Born, How Life Began) Julie Crawford
Caroline Penry-Davey Associate Producers
(Where are the Aliens?) Anthony Manupelli
Sandra Haller Edited by
(Earth is Born, How Life Began) Stephanie Munroe
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(Where are the Aliens) Harlan Reiniger Edited by
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(Earth is Born) Joshua Pitts Origins Project Manager Marie Wiljanen Origins Project Development Larry Klein Series Science Advisors Alan Dressler
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(Earth is Born, How Life Began) Alice Harper
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Origins Education Forum
The Space Telescope Science Institute, in association with NASA, offers this rich interactive site devoted to origins research. The site's articles and activities are especially geared towards teachers, students, and members of the general public looking for an online education in all things origins.
At this Internet hub for the Hubble Space Telescope, check out the latest images from space or browse an extensive archive. Find out how Hubble works, read up on cutting-edge cosmological discoveries, and play interactive games.
The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence's Web site offers a wealth of information on the organization's projects and conferences and the SETI Radio network, which has been the basis of SETI's search for alien life since it was founded in 1984.
The Planetary Society
The Planetary Society is a nongovernmental organization for space advocacy. On its extensive Web site, access the latest headlines, research findings, and general information on large bodies within our solar system.
Harvard University's Center for Astrophysics maintains this site, which is filled with interesting information on the structure and evolution of the universe. The site is designed to appeal to students, teachers, and a general audience.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Each day the Goddard Space Flight Center displays a different stunning image from space along with a brief caption by an astronomer. Check out a "brain crater" on Mars, the colorful clouds of Rho Ophiuchi interstellar cloud, and more.
This companion Web site to PBS' 2001 miniseries examines the complex topic of evolution from a variety of angles and considers the effect of the idea of evolution on human society and culture. Visitors may watch clips from the film and participate in an array of topical online activities.
Tour the Solar System
Explore the planets, visit the moon, and gaze at the stars in this 3-D interactive model of the solar system.
Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic History
by Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith. New York: Norton, 2004.
Cosmic Company: The Search for Life in the Universe
by Seth Shostak. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth
by Andrew H. Knoll. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2003.
Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the Universe
by Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee. New York: Copernicus Books, 2003.
Hubble Vision: Astronomy With the Hubble Space Telescope
by Carolyn Collins Petersen and John C. Brandt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
A Short History of Planet Earth: Mountains, Mammals, Fire and Ice
by J. D. MacDougall. New York: Wiley, 1998.
The Whole Shebang: A State-of-the-Universe(s) Report
by Timothy Ferris. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998.
Are We Alone? The Philosophical Implications of the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life
by Paul Davies. New York: Basic Books, 1995.
A Short History of the Universe
by Joseph Silk. New York: W.H. Freeman & Co., 1994.
The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe
by Steven Weinberg. New York: Basic Books, 1993.