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The series doesn't just focus on answering questions about the extraterrestrial bodies in our solar system, but also the quest people took to discover the answers. It informs with archival and never-before-seen footage from NASA, while adding a real human element with interviews from the people directly involved.
The series is as much about the journey to scientific discovery as it is about the actual lessons learned and the knowledge gained from them. It encourages viewers to follow their passions and push beyond perceived limitations with an open mind.
Positive Role Models
While much of each episode is dedicated to explaining the unique features of specific objects in our solar system, the interviews with the experts and the scientists working on each mission are the real heart of the series. These are all pioneers in their own right, and the emotional investment they have in their quests for knowledge is something to be admired.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Secrets of the Solar System is an eight-part documentary series that focuses on the sun, the planets, and other celestial bodies that make up our solar system. The series doesn't just focus on the knowledge and facts, but on the various missions that people have taken to make those discoveries. Each episode focuses on a specific part of the solar system, using archival footage from NASA and interviews with experts to outline the story behind some of the biggest scientific expeditions to our planetary neighbors.
Is It Any Good?
It's easy to forget sometimes that, behind every scientific discovery throughout history, there were people seeking to answer the questions of the universe; this docuseries helps change all of that. Secrets of the Solar System doesn't simply focus on the interesting scientific facts about the various stops on its interplanetary tour; it goes behind the scenes and details the historic missions developed to research those discoveries. Viewers gain a better understanding of the wonders of the universe, as well as the wonders of the human spirit.
Secrets of the Solar System doesn't just tell viewers about how the sun propels its solar winds through space, but shares the story of Eugene Parker, the solar astrophysicist who initially came up with the theory, only to be rejected at the time by his peers. Then, after his work was verified and accepted, how it changed the way we look at space forever. The story culminates with a scene of Parker watching the 2018 launch of a solar probe bearing his name. It's just one of many emotional moments the series injects into its scientific information. And it's these moments, in seeing the passion and heartache on the faces and in the voices of the people behind these missions, that viewers are reminded of the human element that comes with knowledge.
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