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Asteroids: Deadly Impact (1997)

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Searching the skies for a cosmic 'bullet'.



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In hopes of being the first geologist on the moon, Eugene Shoemaker became an expert in impact craters. After studying craters produced by atomic bomb tests, Gene realized, contrary to current geological thought, that the Earth has been bombarded in the past by large objects from space. These impacts produced huge craters such as the ones in Arizona and the Ries Basin in Germany. After being rejected by the astronaut program for medical reasons, he and his wife Carolyn started a telescope search for near-Earth objects that could pose a collision threat. Working with astronomer David Levy, they found quite a few comets and asteroids, including the famous comet Shoemaker-Levy-9 which collided with Jupiter. Could Earth be next in this cosmic shooting-gallery? And what could we do about it, if anything? Written by yortsnave

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5 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Asteroids: Deadly Impact is about the Shoemaker's and how they took the path less chosen suggesting that impacts from asteroids and comets are more prevalent than previously thought. Having always been fascinated with space, I was struck by the gregariousness of the Shoemakers and how animated they were telling their story. All you need to do is look at the moon to understand that things from space hit us all the time. Most of the objects are like bugs hitting the windshield, but now and then there will be something bigger that the windshield can't stop. Since this film was made, Near Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT) has downgraded the estimated number of planet killers much to the relief of most people. I love these kind of documentaries because you get to see the science and the people involved.

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