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Oceans In Space is a journey of exploration that seeks out places where conditions are favorable for life to exist. This original and thought-provoking presentation highlights the search for extrasolar planets and an understanding of the conditions necessary to form and sustain life. Inspired in part by the goals of NASA's Origins Program — an effort to answer the enduring questions that spur space exploration — this program introduces audiences to the diversity of life on our home planet even as humans embark on the search for life in the universe.

The show travels back in time more than five billion years, to trace the origin of the solar system and formation of our planet's oceans. It presents the three requirements for the nourishment of life on Earth — and most likely anywhere else in the universe: warmth, water, and organic material.

The possibility that life might exist in similar extreme environments elsewhere in the solar system prompts an exploration of other worlds, including Mars, the icy Jovian moon Europa, and extrasolar planets.

Produced by Loch Ness Productions

Narrated by Avery Brooks

Runtime: 30 min

Audience: suitable for grades 3 and up

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Oceans in Space was made possible by the generous donation of Dr. Jacqeline Maly.