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Horizon

  • 2018
  • Season 2018
  • Documentary and factual
  • News and current affairs

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The recovery of Richard Gray from a catastrophic brain haemorrhage, how a range of young people have dealt with their cancer diagnosis, and experts including Professor Ron Mallet.

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Episode 5: Horizon: Jupiter Revealed

Summary

Thanks to NASA's Juno mission, scientists are starting to peel back the layers of Jupiter to reveal the wonders within. Professor Kaitlin Kratter reveals how extreme the planet is, with the aid of a quarry and a few rocks, giving some idea of the size of the second largest body in the solar system. And at the National Ignition facility in Northern California, Dr Marius Millot uses powerful lasers normally used for nuclear fusion for an experiment giving an idea of the pressures inside Jupiter. Narrated by Toby Jones

Review

Since we first discovered the planet, Jupiter has proved to be science-zilla. And the latest findings – from “armoured tank in space” Juno – now make it soundbite nirvana, too. “It holds the secrets to how the solar system was formed” and “Everything about it is on steroids”, for starters. Since going into orbit in 2016 after its 1.7 billion-mile journey, Juno has provided a continually unfolding art gallery, each “oil paint on water” image topped by the next.

With so much beauty on display, it seems churlish to carp. But Toby Jones, in the voiceover booth, seems to have taken instruction from Toast of London’s Clem Fandango. Too many protracted vowels. And in terms of the script it’s sometimes hard to dismiss the phrase “talking down. Better to concentrate on the fabulous new facts about this liquid-metal giant, its “shooting-gallery” magnetosphere, swirling aurora and “fuzzy core”. Like a vast space onion, Jupiter just keeps revealing more layers…

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2018-08-07
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NarratorToby Jones
Series producerRob Liddell
ProducerTom Hewitson
DirectorTom Hewitson
EditorSteve Crabtree

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    Thanks to NASA's Juno mission, scientists are starting to peel back the layers of Jupiter to reveal the wonders within. Professor Kaitlin Kratter reveals how extreme the planet is, with the aid of a quarry and a few rocks, giving some idea of the size of the second largest body in the solar system. And at the National Ignition facility in Northern California, Dr Marius Millot uses powerful lasers normally used for nuclear fusion for an experiment giving an idea of the pressures inside Jupiter. Narrated by Toby Jones

    Review

    Since we first discovered the planet, Jupiter has proved to be science-zilla. And the latest findings – from “armoured tank in space” Juno – now make it soundbite nirvana, too. “It holds the secrets to how the solar system was formed” and “Everything about it is on steroids”, for starters. Since going into orbit in 2016 after its 1.7 billion-mile journey, Juno has provided a continually unfolding art gallery, each “oil paint on water” image topped by the next.

    With so much beauty on display, it seems churlish to carp. But Toby Jones, in the voiceover booth, seems to have taken instruction from Toast of London’s Clem Fandango. Too many protracted vowels. And in terms of the script it’s sometimes hard to dismiss the phrase “talking down. Better to concentrate on the fabulous new facts about this liquid-metal giant, its “shooting-gallery” magnetosphere, swirling aurora and “fuzzy core”. Like a vast space onion, Jupiter just keeps revealing more layers…

    Details

    Released on
    2018-08-07
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    NarratorToby Jones
    Series producerRob Liddell
    ProducerTom Hewitson
    DirectorTom Hewitson
    EditorSteve Crabtree

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