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The Search for 'Earth Proxima'

Jul 21, 2016 | 831 videos
Video by Speculative Films

There are probably billions of potentially habitable Earth-like planets—but where is “Earth Proxima,” the closest one? Twenty years ago, the idea of detecting exoplanets was mere science fiction. Today, this frontier of space exploration is closer than ever to finding habitable planets orbiting other stars, thanks to new telescope technology. “If we find Earth Proxima, it would fundamentally shift people’s perception of what the cosmos is,” says NASA astrophysicist Ruslan Belikov in this short documentary by Speculative Films.

To see more of the filmmakers’ work, visit They are currently developing a series of digital short documentaries about scientists using unlikely technology to save the planet's biodiversity.

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Author: Leah Varjacques

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