At the Edge of Space
Between the blue sky above and the infinite blackness beyond lies a frontier that scientists have only just begun to investigate. In “At the Edge of Space,” NOVA takes viewers on a spectacular exploration of the Earth-space boundary that’s home to some of nature’s most puzzling and alluring phenomena: the shimmering aurora, streaking meteors, and fleeting flashes that shoot upwards from thunderclouds, , sprites have eluded capture because they exist for a mere split-second—40-times faster than an eye blink. NOVA rides with scientists in a high-flying weather observation plane on a hunt for sprites, finally snaring them in 3D video and gaining vital clues to unraveling their mystery. Combining advanced video technology with stunning footage shot from the International Space Station, “At the Edge of Space” probes the boundary zone and offers an entirely new perspective on our home planet.
By Abestrobi – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4262250
By Image Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center. “The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth.” – http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/scripts/sseop/photo.pl?mission=ISS031&roll=E&frame=10712, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20255720
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