Cosmic Encounters • 2012

Category: Astronomy

“Cosmic Encounters,” tells one of mankind’s oldest dreams: to explore what is beyond our planet. This documentary has been filmed in space by the astronauts of the International Space Station. It is a tribute to the many scientists who made the dream of conquering space come true.

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