Smithsonian Channel is heading to the stars with four documentaries that look at space exploration and humans’ impact on the solar system.
The first special, Leaving Earth: Or How To Colonize A Planet, features the late Stephen Hawking (pictured) in what may be one of his last major television appearances. The special examines what the future holds for exploration and potential habitation beyond Earth, an idea that Hawking firmly believed in. The globally renowned physicist passed away on Wednesday (March 14) at the age of 76.
Following that special is Finding Life In Outer Space, which follows some of the scientists responsible for huge breakthroughs in understanding the origins of life.
Both specials are produced by Brook Lapping Productions, Ltd. and Smithsonian Networks in association with BBC, France Television, NHK, DR, SVT and NRK.
Billionaire Space Club spotlights billionaire Sir Richard Branson and others in their quest to make space travel accessible to the average person. Presented by British physicist Brian Cox, it’s produced by Sundog Pictures and Voltage TV in association with Smithsonian Channel and the BBC.
The final special, Earth From Outer Space, shows viewers how humans have changed Earth — with some of those changes visible from space — and how humanity will continue to shape the future of our planet. It’s produced by Arrow Media, Smithsonian Channel and Channel 4.
Leaving Earth and Finding Life in Outer Space will air on March 25, while Billionaire Space Club and Earth From Outer Space air on April 1.