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Space

Comedian Josh Widdecombe joins Dara and the team of experts to take a peek into mankind's final frontier - space.

In the fourth episode of this new six-part science series, Dara O Briain and his crack team of experts take a peek into man's final frontier - space.

Science journalist Alok Jha asks whether it is a good idea for humans to reach out to extra-terrestrials and oceanographer Helen Czerski comes face to face with extreme radiation, energy so deadly it could seriously curtail humans travelling further than the solar system. Plus special guest Josh Widdecombe visits NASA in Houston to find out the challenges we face to get humans to Mars and materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes apart a space suit.

Combining lively and in-depth studio discussion, with exploratory films and on-the-spot reports, Dara O Briain's Science Club takes a single subject each week and examines it from lots of different and unexpected angles from sex to extinction, Einstein to space exploration and brain chemistry to music. It brings some of the world's foremost thinkers together to share their ideas on everything, from how to avoid asteroid impact to whether or not we are still evolving.

1 hour

Replay web chat with Rob Coppinger

Replay web chat with Rob Coppinger

As well as insights and photos from the production team, guest expert Rob Coppinger was on hand to answer your questions about astronomy and space travel.

Replay Rob's web chat

Space suited and booted

Space suited and booted

Space suit technology has continued to evolve in the decades since Neil Armstrong first set foot on the Moon. Find out about the key components that keep today's astronauts alive.

Read the article at BBC News

Professor Martin Rees

Professor Martin Rees

Dara's guest expert for Episode 4 is a Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, and holds the honorary title of Astronomer Royal.

More about Martin Rees

Credits

Role Contributor
Series Editor Nigel Paterson
Series Editor Nigel Paterson
Presenter Dara O Briain
Presenter Dara O Briain
Presenter Alok Jha
Presenter Alok Jha
Presenter Mark Miodownik
Presenter Mark Miodownik
Presenter Helen Czerski
Presenter Helen Czerski
Participant Josh Widdicombe
Participant Josh Widdicombe
Executive Producer Andrew Cohen
Executive Producer Andrew Cohen
Series Producer Kaye Godleman
Series Producer Kaye Godleman
Production Manager Roger Houston
Production Manager Roger Houston
Participant Martin Rees
Participant Martin Rees

Broadcasts

  • Tue 27 Nov 2012 21:00
  • Thu 29 Nov 2012 23:20
  • Thu 29 Nov 2012 23:30
  • Thu 29 Nov 2012 23:50
  • Thu 17 Jan 2013 02:10
  • Mon 21 Jan 2013 00:00