8:30pm – Thursday, June 17 on ABC1
Thursday, 17 June 2010 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.
For more than 70 years Pluto was counted as the ninth planet, an isolated but sentimental favourite at the end of the solar system. But in recent years this little world has been at the centre of a neighbourhood dispute of cosmic proportions. Just what on Earth caused Pluto to be struck off as a planet? It now seems Pluto has company, and lots of it. And we have more in common with this distant realm than you may have ever imagined.