The two-part Finding Life Beyond Earth combines the latest telescope images with dazzling CGI to bathe us in the sights and sounds of alien worlds, while top astrobiologists explain how these places are changing how we think about the potential for life in our solar system.
We used to think our neighbouring planets and moons were fairly boring – mostly cold, dead rocks where life could never take hold. Today, however, the solar system looks wilder than we ever imagined. Powerful telescopes and unmanned space missions have revealed a wide range of dynamic environments--atmospheres thick with organic molecules, active volcanoes and vast saltwater oceans. This on-going revolution is forcing scientists to expand their ideas about what kinds of worlds could support life.
If we do find primitive lifeforms elsewhere in the solar system, it may well be that life is common in the universe and the rule, and not the exception.