Experts Discuss NOVA's "The Planets"

WED, JUL 24, 2019 (58:45)

Astrophysicist Dr. Anjali Tripathi, NOVA’s Co-Executive Producer Chris Schmidt, and PBS NewsHour’s science correspondent Miles O’Brien hold a discussion and offer a look at “The Planets”, a five-part series that explores the awesome beauty of our solar system. From Mercury to the Kuiper Belt, learn about the history of the solar system, and how we’ve come to learn about its radical transformation over the last 4.6 billion years.

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+ BIO: Dr. Anjali Tripathi

Dr. Tripathi is an astrophysicist studying planet formation and evolution at Harvard University. Tripathi developed the first 3D simulation of planets evaporating due to extreme atmospheric heating and has been on the hunt for dark matter in the Milky Way.

+ BIO: Chris Schmidt

Chris Schmidt is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked as executive producer, writer, director and editor with a focus on documentary and non-fiction television programming. He has traveled the world to produce and direct movies and television programs for PBS, Dreamworks Animation, The Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic and others.

+ BIO: Miles O'Brien

Miles O’Brien is an Emmy award-winning filmmaker and veteran journalist who focuses on science, technology, and aerospace. He has written, produced, and directed numerous documentary films for NOVA, FRONTLINE, and the National Science Foundation’s Science Nation series. In addition, Miles is a producer and correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and an aviation analyst for CNN. For nearly seventeen years, Miles was a staff correspondent and anchor with CNN based in Atlanta and New York. While at CNN, he secured a deal with NASA to become the first journalist to fly on a space shuttle. The project was canceled, however, when Columbia and her crew were lost in 2003. Miles told the story of the disaster to the world in a critically acclaimed sixteen-hour marathon of live coverage. He is currently an at-large member of the NASA Advisory Council, offering strategic advice to the NASA administrator. In 2014, a heavy equipment case fell on Miles’s forearm while he was on assignment. He developed acute compartment syndrome, which necessitated the emergency amputation of his left arm above the elbow. Despite the loss of his arm, Miles continues to report on the latest scientific field research from all corners of the globe, whether it be the melting Denali Glacier or the Ebola hot zone of Western Africa. Not one to let anything hold him back, Miles is an avid sportsman and enjoys physical challenges. Since his accident, he has ridden numerous “century rides” on his bicycle, run two marathons, and finished a triathlon.

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