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Part I: Acceleration Machines - Launching a Space Vehicle
Part of the Series: Physics of Spaceflight Series
Concepts Covered:
  • Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Kinematics
  • Conservation of Energy & Momentum
  • Power
  • Aerodynamic Effects
This program details the physics involved in launching a space vehicle. The Space Shuttle and Saturn V launches are dynamically examined in terms of the vehicle's thrust, changing weight, net force, acceleration, and…
Part II: Physics in Space - Orbital Motion and Re-entry
Part of the Series: Physics of Spaceflight Series
Concepts Covered:
  • Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Circular Motion
  • Rotational Dynamics
  • Heat
  • Conservation of Energy
This program focuses on the physics of orbital motion and re-entry into the earth's atmosphere. The program discusses the dynamics of orbital motion and the apparent weightlessness experienced while in orbit. Kepler's 3 laws…
Part III: Gravity - A Broadened View
Part of the Series: Physics of Spaceflight Series
Concepts Covered:
  • Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation
  • Gravitational Acceleration
  • Newton's Laws of Motion
  • Fluid Mechanics
This program centers on presenting a broadened perspective of gravity, with emphasis given to observing its influence in different environments. Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation is used to determine the magnitude of the…
Space Science - Everyday Astronauts
Part of the Series: Show Me Science Series - Advanced
With the retirement of NASA's space shuttle fleet in 2011, the role of getting people, satellites and other instruments into space falls to private companies. As of June 2011, there have been only 523 people to reach the 100 kilometer mark (considered human spaceflight), and only 24 have traveled beyond…
The Stellar Atom-Building Machine
Episode 5 of The Nature of Matter
Where did atoms come from? Trace the story of nucleosynthesis--the formation of complex nuclei and atoms. Cover this process from the big bang, which filled the universe with hydrogen and helium, to the events inside stars that produced practically all of the heavier elements.
Alien Planets Revealed
Part of the Series: NOVA
It's a golden age for planet hunters: NASA's Kepler mission has identified more than 3,500 potential planets orbiting stars beyond our Sun. Some of them, like a planet called Kepler-22b, might even be able to harbor life. How did we come upon this distant planet? Combining startling animation with input…
Genius by Stephen Hawking - Understanding the Universe's Toughest Questions
PBS
Professor Stephen Hawking reveals our true potential in a radical new science show which challenges a selection of volunteers and the viewer to think like the greatest geniuses and answer some of humanity's toughest questions. Using large scale experiments and incredible stunts, we'll follow the volunteers' journeys as they come…
Where Did the Universe Come From?
Can we work out where the universe comes from? With the help of racing cars, ice-skaters, balloons and running tracks, Hawking leads his three intrepid souls to a deeper understanding of the evolution of the universe than the average physics major.
Can We Time Travel?
World-famous scientist Stephen Hawking gives three ordinary people a series of fun physical and mental challenges. Can they think like a genius? This is a show where as you watch you realize you actually understand concepts that you never thought you would. In this mind-bending episode - can three volunteers…
Are We Alone?
World-famous scientist Stephen Hawking sets three ordinary people a series of fun physical and mental challenges. Can they think like a genius? The task is to work out the likelihood of alien life, out there in the universe. Cue an extraordinary journey of discovery, involving tons of sand, huge machinery,…
Why Are We Here?
This episode is truly mind-bending - can they work out why they exist at all? Featuring smashed glasses, spooky castles and a truly freaky flash-mob illustration of multiple universes, Why Are We Here? takes the subjects down a rabbit hole of deeply profound realizations. During this process. Stephen Hawking helps…
What Are We?
In this episode a new set of volunteers take on some more extraordinary tasks. They begin with a crazy Rube Goldberg chain reaction machine, and from there the realizations come thick and fast. Self-assembling machines, light-up bacteria and the world's first physical demonstration of evolution in action conspire to totally…