Transcript: The Space Symphony: Variation lll | Sep 26, 2004

The opening slate reads "TVO Presents The Space Symphony, Variation 1."

A new slate reads "Earth Views."
(Classical music plays)

A satellite photo shows a hatch opening and an orbital view of a blue
Earth from below. A caption reads "Suite number 3 in D Major... "Air,"
Johann Sebastian Bach."

Over other orbital views, captions read "We are all children of this Universe...
Ray Bradbury." Then, "Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us
from this world to another... Plato." This is followed by "The origin of life
appears at the moment to be almost a miracle... Francis Crick." Then, "Earth
arose suddenly, just like a cloud, like a mist, now forming, unfolding...
Mayan Creation Myth." Next, "We are ancients of the Earth, and in the morning
of our times... Alfred Tennyson." Then, "The Universe, too, loves to create
whatsoever is destined to be made... Marcus Aurelius." "Enclosed and safe
within its central heart, nestles the seed of perfection... Walt Whitman."

The orbital view now includes the Space Shuttle with its hatch open.

The screen fades to black.

A full-screen caption reads "Earth Views 2."

A caption reads "Suite number 3 in D. Major... "Air," Johann Sebastian Bach."

Over orbital views of Earth taken from the Shuttle, captions read "Earth is too small a basket for mankind to keep all its eggs in. Robert. A. Heinlein," and "No question is more sublime than why there is a Universe: why there is anything rather than nothing. Derek Parfit," and "We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming. Werner von Braun," and "Only barbarians are not curious about where they come from, and how they came to be where they are. Isaiah Berlin," and "Genius hath electric power which earth can never tame. Lydia Maria Child," and "The observable universe has a radius of 15 billion light years. Big Bang Theory."

The screen fades to black.

A full-screen caption reads "Earth Views 3."

A caption reads "Suite number 3 in D. Major... "Air," Johann Sebastian
Bach."

Over orbital views of Earth taken from the Shuttle, captions read "O Earth,
O Earth, return! Arise from out the dewy grass... Night is worn, and the morn rises
from the slumberous mass.... William Blake," and "In the beginning, there was nothing
but chaos. Out of the bleak nothingness came a small miracle, Love....
Greek Creation Myth," and "Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp
of his lowly origin.... Charles Darwin," and "Had I been present at the
Creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the
Universe.... Alfonso the Wise," and "Earth hath swallowed all my hopes, but
she... she is the hopeful lady of my earth.... William Shakespeare."

The end credits roll.

Executive Producer, Rudy Buttignol.

Producer, Writer, Director, David Sobelman.

Production Editor, Julian Lannaman.

Footage courtesy of Johnson Space Center Jet Propulsion Lab.

The Space Symphony, Variation 3.

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A production of TVOntario. Copyright 2004, The Ontario Educational Communications Authority.

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