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Season Three, Episode 0: To the Ends of the Earth

Season 1Oct 13, 2020

In season 3, we’ll travel to the ends of the Earth with scientists who explore different aspects of our unique planet.

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Narrator:Planet Earth: our spaceship through the Cosmos.

In the next season of “On a Mission,” we’ll travel to the ends of the Earth with scientists who study the cycles of our planet – from the air we breathe, to the ground beneath our feet.

Ten episodes, starting next week.


Run time = (0:28)

Season 3 episodes:

Episode 1: An Astronaut’s View of Earth

Oct. 20, 2020 – You might think you know Earth, but astronaut’s views from outer space help us see our world in a whole new light.

Episode 2: Genesis

Oct. 27, 2020 – Have you ever wanted to see the awesome spectacle of an erupting volcano? There’s no better guide for such an adventure than JPL volcanologist Rosaly Lopes.

Episode 3: On the Surface

Nov. 3, 2020 – Like waves of the ocean, our planet’s surface is in constant motion. In this episode, we’ll travel to tropical rainforests to dig into soils with an ecologist, and fly drones with an earthquake expert to spot shifts in the ground beneath our feet.

Episode 4: A World Shaped by Water

Nov. 10, 2020 – Dive to the deepest point of the ocean with an astronaut, brave the high seas with an oceanographer, and meander through sparkling rivers with a hydrologist.

Episode 5: Frozen in Time

Nov. 17, 2020 – Bundle up! We’ll be diving into ice-covered waters with an upside-down robot, and exploring Greenland’s massive ice sheet with oceanographer Josh Willis.

Episode 6: Air and Shield

Nov. 24, 2020 – As we fly around with NASA pilots, we’ll explore Earth’s air space with scientists Annmarie Eldering and Armin Sorooshian — from wispy clouds high above, to tiny particles that make up air pollution.

Episode 7: Storm Warning

Dec. 1, 2020 – Get swept away as we fly into massive hurricanes, and hear how the rumblings of climate change will cause clouds to gather into ever more powerful storms.

Episode 8: Fueled by Fire

Dec. 8, 2020 – From fires in outer space to raging wildfires on Earth, fire experts Gary Ruff and Natasha Stavros reveal how fingers of flame reach out around our world.

Episode 9: Life Bound

Dec. 15, 2020 – We hike in the Australian Outback with Abigail Allwood to visit the most ancient fossils on Earth, and track the imprint of life over space and time with David Grinspoon.

Episode 10: A Voyager’s View of Earth

Dec. 22, 2020 – The Voyager 1 spacecraft has traveled farther away from Earth than any human-made object. Candy Hansen and David Grinspoon talk about the Voyager mission, and its humbling perspective of our planet as a tiny blue dot in the blackness of space.