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Fragile Planet


Approximate Running Time: 25 minutes
Produced by: California Academy of
Sciences

Release Date: September 2008
Fragile Planet Gives Audiences an Astronaut’s View of Earth, Highlighting Earths Unique Regions. The journey then continues to the Moon, Mars, and beyond the Milky Way to search for habitats that might host extraterrestrial life. The show’s theme — that Earth is the only known haven for life, and thus is important to protect — echoes the themes of biodiversity an d sustainability. The visual foundation of the show lies in scientific visualization. From the high-resolution satellite imagery of Earth, the positions of galaxies more than 50 million light years d istant, the three-dimensional terrain of Valles Marineris on Mars to the locations of extrasolar planetary systems in interstellar space, everything audiences will see in Fragile Planet has a basis in astronomers’ best understanding of the Universe.