Alien Planet - Darwin IV
A Planet 6.5 Light Years from Earth with 2 Suns and 60% of Earth's Gravity

Alien Planet - Darwin IV
A Planet 6.5 Light Years from Earth with 2 Suns and 60% of Earth's Gravity

Darwin IV is a fictional planet within our universe with a different world compared to ours. With the amount of planets that exist within our universe, life must exist on other worlds but what this life would look like is currently unknown.

Life adapts and evolves to its environment and this life may look bizarre and strange to eyes that have never gazed upon such creatures before.


The CGI or computer animated drama/documentary takes place on Darwin IV, a planet 6.5 light years from Earth, with 2 suns and 60% of Earth's gravity.

Having identified Darwin as a world that could support life, Earth sends a pilot mission consisting of the Mothership Von Braun and three probes: Balboa, Da Vinci, and Newton.

This robotic fleet is responsible for finding and assessing any life forms on Darwin IV. Initially, the expectation is to find microscopic life, but the probes soon find themselves in the middle of a developed ecosystem teeming with diversity of life of all sizes.

The drama on Darwin IV is motivated by real science missions, such as the NASA Origins Program and the NASA / JPL Planet-Finder Mission, as well as the European Space Agency's Darwin Project.

"Alien Planet " is a cosmic expedition along side Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Jack Horner, Craig Venter, and George Lucas...

In Alien Planet, a more basic scenario is presented where a ship called the Von Braun is sent to explore an alien world outside the solar system.

The Von Braun is sent to a binary star system about six and half light years from Earth.

At 20% of the speed of light (0.2c), it takes over 40 years to travel to this system.

Upon arrival it goes into orbit around Darwin IV, the Von Braun deployed the Darwin Reconnaissance Orbiter to scan the planet from orbit.

The Von Braun also dispatches three identically shaped lighter-than-air probes to the planet surface.

These three probes are:
  • Leonardo da Vinci (nicknamed "Leo" and colored blue).

  • Isaac Newton (nicknamed "Ike" and colored yellow).

  • Balboa (named after Vasco Núñez de Balboa and coloured red). Balboa did not survive entry into the Darwin IV atmosphere, because one wing of its lifting body transport failed to unfold. (Balboa was evidently doomed from the start — the screenwriters of Alien Planet never proposed a nickname for it, and it wasn't named in full name.)

In both stories the low gravity and dense atmosphere allow for aerial organisms that would be impossible on Earth.

It seems likely that Darwin IV was covered with large oceans a few million years ago, just like Earth. But because of important climatic changes, the oceans evaporated and most of the ocean water became part of the atmosphere of the planet.
Bladderhorns live high above the waving succulent-seas of Darwin IV, hidden within the secret ravines of the planet's mountain ranges.

The continents are now mountain chains and plateaus, while the ocean floor has become a large, open plain of deserts and savannah. Thus, most of the creatures who now inhabit Darwin IV are descendants of land-dwelling animals.

The dense atmosphere is full of clouds and meteorologic activity and the plains sometimes resemble "weather oceans".

Most of the water is found in the atmosphere, but there are also millions of tons of frozen water in the regions of the poles, and big lakes and rivers where the 'pocket-forests' reside.

In the deepest part of the evaporated ocean basins, there is a "lake", the Amoebic Sea, composed of tons of microscopic creatures who have evolved to conserve the last of the remaining sea water inside their bodies in order to survive.

The continental plates are still moving, and the areas where they collide are full of earthquakes and volcanic activity, phenomena that remain mostly unseen on Earth since there they occur under the surface of the oceans.

The species on Darwin have all evolved sonar, echo-location using a variety of sounds as their primary sense, rather than perceiving light, as most animals on Earth do. Many have complicated cephalons to aid in this sense.

The majority have also evolved biolights; but rather than communicating information in the visible light spectrum, biolights on Darwin IV function in the infrared range, as all Darwinian animals are quite sensitive to that spectrum.

It is important to note that their sensory organs to detect light in the infrared spectrum are more comparable to thermoreceptors found in pit vipers or rattlesnakes.

The Rimerunner still has one bizarre, retractable, atrophying eye, a remnant from a time when sight-based organisms still had a place on Darwin IV. Also, most species are hermaphrodites.