Outer Space Road Trip

Starting Monday, April 17, you can take a 4K Ultra HD tour of the solar system on the documentary streaming service CuriosityStream.

Miniverse is described as a “docu-journey” that presents our cosmic neighborhood reduced to the size of the continental US. The 30-billion-mile-wide solar system is condensed to a 1:10 million-mile scale covering the 3,000-mile trek from New York to California.

The producers promise “jaw-dropping imagery: the sun up-close-and-personal over Long Island, Mars over New York’s Freedom Tower, and Jupiter with its fierce red spot hanging ominously over the Lincoln Memorial in our nation’s capital.”

Former International Space Station Commander Colonel Chris Hadfield serves as tour guide, with additional commentary provided by theoretical physicist, futurist and author Dr. Michio Kaku; Dr. Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer and director of The Franklin Institute’s Fels Planetarium in Philadelphia; and Dr. Laura Danly, curator at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles.

Hadfield, a space shuttle veteran and the first Canadian ISS commander, gained viral fame performing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” from the space station:

As Miniverse shows, space missions, even those conducted on earth, don’t always go as planned:

To watch Miniverse, subscribe to CuriosityStream, which has plans starting at $2.99/month.

CuriosityStream can be accessed at www.CuriosityStream.com and on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Google Play and other devices.

CuriosityStream was founded in 2015 by John Hendricks, founder and former chairman of Discovery Communications. It claims a library of more than 1,500 documentary and nonfiction titles, presented without advertising.

About Larry Greenberg

A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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