To Space & Back

Space exploration, our greatest adventure, is having a big impact on our lives. It is helping us to discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, and it is reaching down into our world and influencing the way we live.

  • So much has happened in just a few decades. Imagine what we will be doing in space a few decades from now.
  • The first man to imagine a fleet of communication satellites was the science fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke.
  • He described a space-based global communication system in 1945, years before space exploration began.
  • In 2012, the satellite tracking of Hurricane Sandy had people glued to their TVs - watching these images.
  • As the superstorm spun ever closer, people boarded up and moved out.
  • We can already break free from low Earth orbit to travel beyond our Moon. One day perhaps we’ll take the long journey to step on Mars.
  • Some of you may even find your way into orbit, whether as an astronaut or as a passenger.
  • Space tourism is one of the most exciting offshoots of space exploration. One day you too could have a satellite view of the Earth.

What do we owe to the spirit of discovery?

To Space & Back takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What is happening above is coming back down to Earth!

How have you been changed?

To Space & Back, narrated by James May, explores the way each of us has been changed by the discoveries made by the international space program. From the devices we use every day to the tools that are breaking new ground in medicine and engineering, we can thank space exploration for making our modern lives possible.


To Space & Back is available in 4K in April 2013.
The 8K 3D premiere is scheduled for September 2013.


Breaking New Ground in Fulldome

To Space & Back is produced by Sky-Skan in association with the Franklin Institute.
We're proud to announce that it is the most
technologically advanced fulldome show ever produced,
in full 8K, 3D stereo, and 60 frames per second.