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National Geographic to bring space up close and personal

26-July-2005
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National Geographic to bring space up close and personal

The National Geographic Channel has always been the pioneer in offering the viewers something inimitable. Now, in a new initiative, the channel has given the viewers an opportunity to think beyond the realm of our planet.

A new series titled Space: Closest Encounters is up on the cards. Starting July 31, viewers will get a chance to explore the possibilities of life on Mars. The special series, which will be covering the entire gamut of space, will be on till August 5.

The series will begin with a close look at Mars, Mars: Closer to the Truth, as it is called, will be aired on July 31 at 9:00 pm. The programme is an attempt to invite the viewers to join NASA on an incredible journey they have made since the two Rovers – Opportunity and Spirit – landed on the surface of Mars in 2004.

“National Geographic Channel promises to make its viewers think again about the world around them, and this programme is the perfect illustration of just that,” said Dilshad Master, Senior Vice-President, Content and Communication, National Geographic Channel.

The other line-ups in the series, which have been subsequently planned till August 5, include, Hunt for the Death Star, Asteroid! The Doomsday Rock, Astronauts, Life and Death and Killers in Space.

Hunt for the Death Star will showcase the gamma ray radiation in deep space while as the name suggests, Asteroid! The Doomsday Rock will examine the threat of asteroids looming in outer space.

The episode Astronauts will give a comprehensive picture of an adventure- filled life of an astronaut, while Life and Death will look into the secrets of the space programme of the erstwhile Soviet Union.

Killers in Space will probe into the fascinating secrets of asteroids and comets, which can play a vital role in kick starting life on our planet.

The promotional buzz around the series includes cross channel promotions as well as print campaigns. The series is being promoted all over the STAR Network, informed Dilshad Master.

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