Asteroids: Deadly Impact

"Asteroids: Deadly Impact" (1997) is a documentary that's part of National Geographic's "Restless Earth" collection. A geologist, Eugene Shoemaker, specialized in impact craters in the hopes one day going to the moon. He soon realized that Earth has also been bombarded by asteroids. After he was rejected from the astronaut program due to poor health, he and his wife set up a telescope designed to locate objects that were big enough to be dangerous if the hit the Earth. One of his finds was the comet Shoemaker-Levy-9 which hit Jupiter. The show also asks if there is a way to protect ourselves from asteroid impacts.

National Geographic
1 Season, 1 Episode
August 5, 1997
Documentary & Biography, Science & Technology
Cast: Robbie Robertson, Eugene Shoemaker, Carolyn Shoemaker, David Levy
Asteroids: Deadly Impact

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  • Scientists Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker have seen hundreds of asteroids and comets in the sky, with some of them believed to have the ability to rip the planet to pieces if they ever collide with Earth. Can anything be done to prevent a potential disaster?

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