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Mysterious Mars

Mars captures the imagination like no other planet and currently our nearest neighbour is at its brightest for several years, so it's a perfect opportunity to explore a planet that is tantalisingly similar to our own. And in the past it may have been even more like Earth, an inviting and habitable place, a perfect environment for life to flourish.

Geologist Iain Stewart investigates how we can read the story of Mars's extraordinary past from its rocks, Maggie Aderin-Pocock comes face to face with the latest Mars rover and Chris Lintott meets the man behind the discovery which the whole history of the universe now rests upon.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 20 Apr 2014 00:25

Professor Iain Stewart

Professor Iain Stewart

This month the team are joined by Iain Stewart, Professor of Geoscience Communication at the University of Plymouth.


The Red Planet

The Red Planet

Named after the Roman god of war, Mars is often called the Red Planet because the iron oxide on its surface gives it a reddish appearance.



Role Contributor
PresenterChris Lintott
PresenterMaggie Aderin-Pocock
Series ProducerRob Liddell
Executive ProducerJonathan Renouf

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Life without the Moon

Life without the Moon

Maggie Aderin-Pocock asks: Does it matter that the Moon is moving away from us?

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