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Whether it's a romantic getaway to the breathtaking canyons of Mars or the ultimate vacation in Jupiter's magnetic field, National Geographic Channel brings you the ultimate in adventure travel, but it is not for the faint-hearted.

Today's super space traveller must endure drastic climates that shift from 450 degrees celsius in the sun to minus 170 celsius in the shade, crushing gravity, acid smog, and blistering radiation. From Jupiter's churning red eye to Saturn's glittering rings, the sights are out of this world.

Blast-off with A Traveller's Guide to The Planets, the ultimate travel guide to the Solar System. Learn what to pack, what planet has the best sights, and don't forget to send a postcard to your friends and family back home.

In each one hour episode premiere, see stunning images of each planet including highly detailed images captured by today's ultra high-tech telescopes. Advanced animation takes you up-close-and-personal with those distant worlds, as we plunge through space to get a better look at the neighbours.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • A Traveller's Guide To The Planets: Saturn
    From Earth, Saturn’s rings appear solid, but they are actually made up of chunks of rock and ice. They look spectacular, but navigating around them, and the planet’s 60-plus moons, would be a nightmare for travellers. We travel through the rings for a stunning CGI tour of the surface of this gaseous giant, which scientists’ theorise is covered with a layer of metallic liquid hydrogen. If you can withstand Saturn’s gale-force winds, the hardy space traveller would be rewarded with an impressive light show from its auroras.
  • A Traveller's Guide To The Planets: Jupiter
    Everything is super-sized on Jupiter, a giant larger than all of the other planets in the Solar
    System combined. With its churning red “eye” — a thunderstorm twice the size of Earth that has raged for more than 300 years — and gigantic magnetic field, Jupiter made quite an impression when the Voyager space probes passed by in 1979. But travellers are advised to use caution. The radiation from high-energy particles zooming out from the planet is enough to kill, and the temperature and pressure of the planet’s atmosphere are enough to crush a small car into the size of a tin can. We dive below the clouds to reveal the planet’s strange secret: it’s really more like a star in composition. See what today’s advanced telescopes are revealing about the moons in Jupiter’s extraordinary kingdom, from Io, a spicy world of fire and brimstone, to Europa, where a warm salty ocean hides beneath the surface. And take a sneak peak at Juno, a new probe set to launch in 2011, which scientists hope will provide an even clearer picture of this strange world.
  • A Traveller's Guide To The Planets: Mars
    Rocket to the Red Planet for a stunning tour of giant volcanos, mighty canyons and constant sunshine. Here, the traveller will enjoy a low gravity environment that gives you super jumping abilities across a rocky terrain a lot like Earth. The only drawbacks? A complete lack of breathable atmosphere, and temperatures like mid-winter in Antarctica. Now, evidence suggests that Mars’ climate has changed more than once. Could our neighbour offer us insights into preserving our own world? Then, travel to Chile’s Atacama Desert where scientists are practicing techniques for finding life in extremely dry conditions. And get a preview of what the first manned mission to Mars will be like — and learn why scientists believe that the first boot in the planet’s dust will belong to someone alive today.
  • A Traveller's Guide To The Planets: Venus and Mercury
    Mercury and Venus are the Solar System’s Hot Zone. Temperatures on tiny Mercury can reach a blistering 420 degrees Celsius. And on Venus, temperatures are hot enough to melt lead. Take in the sights on Mercury, where the planet’s sunny side offers travellers a stunning view of solar flares as they work on their tans. But pack warmly for a trip to the planet’s dark side, where temperatures plummet to minus 170 degrees Celsius. Back away from the Sun and we encounter Venus, our nearest neighbour. Smothered by a climate gone mad, a visit to our sister planet’s tortured scenery means diving into an atmosphere where acid smog eats bare metal for breakfast. Travel to a Hawaiian volcano, where scientists hope to gain insights into the extremely hot and inhospitable environments of our planetary neighbours. And take a look at the super suit designed to withstand the Venusian weather.
  • A Traveller's Guide To The Planets: Neptune & Uranus
    Head into the Ice Zone to learn the secrets of two fathomless worlds. Uranus, an icy gas giant with an atmosphere composed of a cosmic cocktail of hydrogen, helium, and methane, is so distant from the sun that it takes 84 years to orbit the sun. Neptune, its vibrantly blue neighbour, takes nearly twice that long. Is it really possible to set sail on a Neptunian sea?
    And why does Uranus orbit the Sun on its back? Now, as telescopes get bigger and better, our lonely neighbours are finally getting their day in the sun. See stunning new pictures of the planets, and learn what it would take to see them in person.
  • A Traveller's Guide To The Planets: Pluto & Beyond
    Pluto is so far away from Earth that it is a mere pinprick of light in our powerful telescopes.
    Smaller even than our own moon, it has never had a single visit from Earth. We don’t know what it looks like. And recently, astronomers decided it didn’t even qualify as a planet. But Pluto is not alone and unloved. Locked in a gravitational dance with its largest moon Charon, this frozen outpost is simply the first discovered body in an unseen swarm of icy worlds. But could the ice out here have been the source of water on Earth? Learn what it would take for humans to journey to the uncharted limits of our solar neighbourhood and what NASA scientists think we’ll find when we get there. Then, travel to the New Horizons control room, where scientists are working with the first spacecraft to visit Pluto, set to arrive to the tiny world in 2015.
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    Gas to Liquid

    Saturn changes from a gas ball to a liquid ball as you descend, with bizarre traits that we...

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