National Geographic Channel to showcase 'Space:Closest Encounters'

MUMBAI: National Geographic Channel will introduce a show Space: Closest Encounters on 31 July at 8 pm.

The show Space: Closest Encounters will run every day till 5 August for two hours. The programme will cover everything from gamma ray radiation in deep space to the threat of asteroids hitting space.

The first episodes of the series will showcase Mission Mars and Mars: Closer to the Truth, which will provide an in depth look at the possibility of life on Mars.

"Last year we took viewers to the floor at NASA to experience the excitement as the two rovers landed. This year, we are delighted that we can take them back to experience history in the making as the team at NASA unearths incredible truths about Mars," said National Geographic Channel senior vice president content and communication Dilshad Master.


The media release informs that the first episode Mars: Closer to the Truth follows principle investigator Steve Squyres and his team of ace geologists as they analyze the data sent back from the two landing sites - Meridiani Planum and Gusev Crater - by Opportunity and Spirit.

The programme traces the team's quest to unearth the truths hidden in the red planet's surface and ascertain whether Mars ever supported life.

Commenting on the mission, Dr. Steven Squyres said:"The journey through this mission has been like a mystery novel - where you keep getting fed clues and you're trying to piece them together. He added "I am excited that through National Geographic Channel viewers across India can be a part of this mission and all that it has revealed."

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