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Finding Life in... Outer Space?!

posted Mar 23, 2018, 10:56 AM by Jeremy Drake
Back in 2013, I proposed a three part film series to the Smithsonian Channel on "Life in the Cosmos" - an attempt to look into all the astrophysics involved in the origin and evolution of life.  They liked the proposal and looked for partners and funding. A couple of false starts and a year or two later and the scope was down to two films. We ended up making one that was filmed last year. The second morphed into an edit of a BBC-commissioned film featuring the great Stephen Hawking - I think his last film appearance.  Ok, maybe just cut to the PR blurb...

“I wanted to look at a different slant to the story of the discovery of exoplanets,” said Drake, “including more of the astrophysics that goes into it and the complex science rationale behind the possibility of life developing somewhere other than Earth.” 

“Finding Life in Outer Space” travels across incredible tracts of space and time exploring the greatest mystery of the universe - why life exists. The show follows the scientists responsible for some of the biggest breakthroughs in understanding the origins of life and uncovers how cutting-edge observations and experiments are transforming the view of how the universe works. 

Hydrothermal geyser pools in the Atacama Desert in Chile reveal secrets about the first steps life took on the primeval Earth, and high in the Arctic Circle, the northernmost science facility on the planet keeps an eye on the magnetic shield that protects humans from devastation by the solar wind. 

The film explores U.S laboratories where the secrets of astrochemistry are recreated, and looks to England where they are closing the gap between chemistry and biology by simulating conditions on Earth four billion years ago. Telling a story of creation on an amazing scale and with incredible consequence, “Finding Life in Outer Space” shows that science may be pointing to one fantastic conclusion - we are not alone.

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