8:30pm – Thursday, June 10 on ABC1
Blast-off with Voyage To The Planets: an Australian- made documentary series exploring the pleasures and pitfalls of travel to the alien planets of our own solar system.
Narrated by Richard Roxburgh, this series visits the planets from a very personal perspective: that of the people who have sent probes hurtling to strange worlds, and also from the viewpoint of any one of us who might dream of making a trip ourselves.
Voyage To The Planets takes you on a tour into the solar system’s Hot Zone to visit the two planets both laying claim to the title of ‘Real Hell’. While tiny Mercury blisters in the roasting glare of the Sun, cross over to the dark side and you’ll find the temperature plummets to 170 below. Back away from the Sun to cool off and we encounter Venus, our nearest neighbour.
Smothered by a climate gone mad, a romantic visit to our sister planet’s tortured scenery means diving into an atmosphere hot enough to melt lead, where acid smog eats bare metal for breakfast and the pressure could crush a submarine. What happened to turn our planetary neighbours so astonishingly alien? What can a visit tell us about our own?