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NOVA: At The Edge Of Space

Between the blue sky above us and the infinite blackness of space lies a frontier full of enigmas that scientists have only just begun to investigate. NOVA “At the Edge of Space” takes viewers on a spectacular exploration to probe the earth-space boundary zone, home to some of nature’s most puzzling and alluring phenomena: the shimmering aurora, streaking meteors, and fleeting flashes that shoot upwards from thunderclouds, known as sprites.

Noctilucent clouds that appeared at the altitude of 80km above the ground.

Noctilucent clouds that appeared at the altitude of 80km above the ground.

Credit: Courtesy of NHK

Dr. Satoshi Furukawa in the Cupola, and Earth-facing observatory module of the ISS.

Dr. Satoshi Furukawa in the Cupola, and Earth-facing observatory module of the ISS.

Credit: Courtesy of NHK/JAXA

Part of the ISS seen through the window of the Cupola.

Part of the ISS seen through the window of the Cupola.

Credit: Courtesy of NASA

Air glow phenomena and the Nile Delta seen from the ISS, from NASA time-lapse footage.

Air glow phenomena and the Nile Delta seen from the ISS, from NASA time-lapse footage.

Credit: Courtesy of NASA

The Sahara seen from the ISS.

The Sahara seen from the ISS.

Credit: Courtesy of NHK/JAXA

Various forms of sprites captured from jet planes.

Various forms of sprites captured from jet planes.

Credit: Courtesy of NHK

Aurora seen from the ISS, from NASA time-lapse footage.

Aurora seen from the ISS, from NASA time-lapse footage.

Credit: Courtesy of NASA

An aurora that appeared at the height of 100 km above, image captured from the ground.

An aurora that appeared at the height of 100 km above, image captured from the ground.

Credit: Courtesy of NHK

An aurora that appeared at the height of 100 km above, image captured from the ground.

An aurora that appeared at the height of 100 km above, image captured from the ground.

Credit: Courtesy of NHK