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"Man vs. the Universe" (2014) is a three-part documentary about outer space. It covered such topics as protecting Earth from asteroid bombardment, mining the moon, and colonizing Mars. Two private enterprises plan to establish colonies on Mars within the next couple of decades. They have already hired people to do things like design space suits for them.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on Science
1 Season, 4 Episodes
August 13, 2014
Drama, Mystery
Cast: Scott McNeil, Paul Dobson, Lisa Ann Beley, Brian Dobson, Michael Donovan
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  • For decades humans have dreamed of going to Mars, and now we're finally on the brink of blasting off. With unprecedented access into SpaceX, Elon Musk will show the engineers making our mission to occupy Mars a reality.

  • Asteroids have decimated life on Earth before and they will again. Across the globe, scientists, engineers and astronauts are gearing up for a cosmic battle to hunt asteroids and prevent them from hitting us. In this episode viewers will meet the experts building new telescopes and space probes to detect the estimated one million asteroids out there that could wipe out an entire city.

  • The Moon has inspired a race for the first time since the Cold War. But this time winning is about cash. The Moon's large mineral wealth could make the world's first trillionaires. Engineers try to make moon bases out of underground lava tubes, or 3D-print a lunar colony using moon dust. Competing against all the Moon 2.0 startups is China. Who will stake the claim first to the Moon's riches?

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