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Dr Maggie's Grand Tour of the Solar System
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Join space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (MBE) as she embarks on a fascinating tour of the Solar System. Embark on a mind-blowing visual journey and visit the most magnificent sights and spectacles outer space has to offer. From the celestial bodies that surround us and their incredible characteristics, to the many moons, asteroids, comets, space stations and satellites that hover beyond the stratosphere, this epic tour leaves no question unanswered and no meteorite unturned. Just how much would it cost to colonise Mars? Could a terrestrial animal survive on the blistering-hot surface of Venus? What does the future of space travel have to offer and where are we going next? Dr Maggie's Grand Tour of the Solar System takes readers on the trip of a light-speed lifetime - from the proximity of the surface of our very own planet to the furthest sectors of the Solar System, including 90377 Sedna, an icy minor planet more than 13 billion kilometres away. Quick facts: The tallest mountain in the Solar System can be found on Mars. Called Olympus Mons, it's a whopping 21.2 km tall. Mars is covered in rust. If you get a chance to look at Mars with a telescope or binoculars, you'll notice its deep red colour. The colour is caused by a chemical compound known as iron oxide, also called rust. Mars would be a brilliant place to play basketball. The force of gravity is much weaker on Mars than it is on Earth. As a result, a human could jump at least two and a half times higher as a Martian.
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Join space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (MBE) as she embarks on a fascinating tour of the Solar System.

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Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock is a space scientist whose passion is presenting science to a general audience and demonstrating that you 'don't need a brain the size of a small planet' to understand, participate in and enjoy science. In 2004 Maggie was a project manager at Surrey Satellites where she was responsible for the development of a spectrographic instrument, one component of the James Webb Space Telescope. A collaboration between NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Canadian Space Agency, the James Webb Space Telescope will replace the Hubble Space Telescope and is due to be launched in 2018. Maggie is committed to inspiring new generations of astronauts, engineers and scientists through her 'Tours of the Universe'. She shares the wonders of space, and has given these talks to over 60,000 people across the globe. Her programme Do We Really Need the Moon? (BBC 2), which explored our intimate relationship with the moon, showed just that. The programme earned Maggie the talkback Thames new talent award at the prestigious Women in Film and TV Awards in December 2011. She went on to present a follow up Do We Really Need Satellites? (also BBC 2) and was one of the Scientists on Channel 4's Brave New World as well as regular stints on The One Show. She is currently presenting the new series of The Sky At Night on BBC 4 and Mini Stargazing for Cbeebies. In 2009, Maggie was appointed an MBE for her services to science and education.

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