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How did the solar system form? Are we alone in the Universe? What are alien atmospheres made of? These questions can be answered by studying the solar system's vast family of satellites. This collection of videos looks at five of the most intriguing worlds that we've managed to visit over the last fifty years, including The Moon, Europa, Phobos, Deimos and Titan. From the first human footsteps on another world to the most distant spacecraft landing in history, our neighbourhood of moons has always played a central role in our exploration of the planets.

For an introductory astronomy course, try The Open University course S194 Introducing astronomy.

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How did the solar system form? Are we alone in the Universe? What are alien atmospheres made of? These questions can be answered by studying the solar system's vast family of satellites. This collection of videos looks at five of the most intriguing worlds that we've managed to visit over the last fifty years, including The Moon, Europa, Phobos, Deimos and Titan. From the first human footsteps on another world to the most distant spacecraft landing in history, our neighbourhood of moons has always played a central role in our exploration of the planets.

For an introductory astronomy course, try The Open University course S194 Introducing astronomy.

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    Europa

    Europa

    The quest to find life elsewhere in the universe is biggest in modern science. An ice covered ocean on a small world orbiting Jupiter may hold the answers to this fundamental question. Archive footage appears courtesy of Footagevault.

    • 6 min
    Transcript -- Europa

    Transcript -- Europa

    The quest to find life elsewhere in the universe is biggest in modern science. An ice covered ocean on a small world orbiting Jupiter may hold the answers to this fundamental question. Archive footage appears courtesy of Footagevault.

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    Phobos and Deimos

    Phobos and Deimos

    Named after the Greek gods of fear and dread, Mars's two moons remained undiscovered until the late 19th century. Since the start of the Space Race they've been minor supporting characters in our quest to understand the Red Planet, but an ambitious new mission may be about to move them centre stage. Archive footage appears courtesy of Footagevault.

    • 7 min
    Transcript -- Phobos and Deimos

    Transcript -- Phobos and Deimos

    Named after the Greek gods of fear and dread, Mars's two moons remained undiscovered until the late 19th century. Since the start of the Space Race they've been minor supporting characters in our quest to understand the Red Planet, but an ambitious new mission may be about to move them centre stage. Archive footage appears courtesy of Footagevault.

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    Titan

    Titan

    The landing of the Huygens probe in 2005 unveiled the surface of Saturn's mysterious largest moon for the first time in history. Six years on, the data from the mission and its Cassini mother craft has revealed it to be a fascinating world of methane lakes, rainstorms and cryo-volcanoes. This film brings us the latest news from the orangey world, including audacious plans for a return splashdown. Archive footage appears courtesy of Footagevault.

    • 8 min
    Transcript -- Titan

    Transcript -- Titan

    The landing of the Huygens probe in 2005 unveiled the surface of Saturn's mysterious largest moon for the first time in history. Six years on, the data from the mission and its Cassini mother craft has revealed it to be a fascinating world of methane lakes, rainstorms and cryo-volcanoes. This film brings us the latest news from the orangey world, including audacious plans for a return splashdown. Archive footage appears courtesy of Footagevault.

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