Solar System Exploration
Touch the Stars in 3D
Review by Ross Anthony

This film's charming title is a tad misleading. Yes, we are so very fortunate to have a lovely star anchoring our homey solar system; however, references to the stars usually mean deep space. This film is pretty solidly about unmanned spacecraft , probes, orbiters, and landers sent by us to mine information regarding the planets and moons in our own solar system not deep space. A more appropriate title (though less warm and fuzzy) would be "Solar System Exploration." Whatever the title, this is still a worthwhile interesting production. I enjoyed it. Probe by probe, the film uses clear CGI recreations as it discusses the purposes and features of the several unmanned missions we've sent to the various planets over the years. You'll appreciate having these missions summarized in a visually appealing way all in one place. That said, I'd have liked to have seen them take one more step for mankind by including the testimonials of the brilliant men and women who worked on these robotic spacecraft marvels. They tend to get rather attached to these machines and speak like proud parents. Such an inclusion would have very likely achieved that warm and fuzzy feeling which is so effectively teased by the title.

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  • Touch the Stars in 3D. Copyright © 2019.
  • Afterglow Studios/ Big & Digital.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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