The Fleeting Grace of the Habitable Zone • 2020 • episode "2/13" Cosmos: Possible Worlds

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A long-term vision of humanity's future worlds is explored.

Cosmos: Possible Worlds • 2020 • 13 episodes •

Ladder to the Stars

An adventure spanning billions of years into the evolution of life.

2020 • Astronomy

The Fleeting Grace of the Habitable Zone

A long-term vision of humanity's future worlds is explored.

2020 • Astronomy

Lost City of Life

Explore the story behind the man who found the first clues to life's beginnings on Earth.

2020 • Astronomy

Vavilov

Nikolai Vavilov risked his life for a discovery that would change the history of science.

2020 • Astronomy

The Cosmic Connectome

An abandoned orphan's dream opens the way to understanding the architecture of thought.

2020 • Astronomy

The Man of a Trillion Worlds

A young Carl Sagan realizes his childhood dreams, carrying his mentors' research forward.

2020 • Astronomy

The Search for Intelligent Life on Earth

A hidden underground network, a collaboration of four kingdoms of life, is revealed.

2020 • Astronomy

The Sacrifice of Cassini

A scientist figures out how to go to the moon while fighting for his life in a war trench.

2020 • Astronomy

Magic Without Lies

The man who stumbled on a hole in the reality of quantum mechanics and the still-unfolding technology that made it possible.

2020 • Astronomy

A Tale of Two Atoms

How a deadly embrace between science and state altered the fate of the world, and a gripping cautionary tale of mass casualty and unlikely survival.

2020 • Astronomy

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

From the birth of the devil in ancient Persia, where a beloved family dog becomes a seething beast, to a searing story of saintliness among macaque monkeys, join an exploration into the human potential for change. One of history's greatest monsters is transformed into one of its shining lights.

2020 • Astronomy

Coming of Age in the Anthropocene

In what kind of world can a child born in 2020 expect to grow up? When did our slide into planetwide environmental destruction begin? Enter the possible world that awaits a 2020 baby in her twenties: one darkened by our refusal to confront the real and mounting challenges we face but one which still offers a message of hope.

2020 • Astronomy

Seven Wonders of the New World

A visit to the 2039 New York World's Fair, where intractable problems may have been solved.

2020 • Astronomy

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