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Meteor Strike

A meteor burst into a fireball over Siberia. Can we spot the next deadly asteroid in time? Airing March 27, 2013 at 9 pm on PBS Aired March 27, 2013 on PBS

Program Description

A blinding flash of light streaked across the Russian sky, followed by a shuddering blast strong enough to damage buildings and send more than 1,000 people to the hospital. On the morning of February 15, 2013, a 7,000-ton asteroid crashed into the Earth's atmosphere. According to NASA, the Siberian meteor exploded with the power of 30 Hiroshima bombs and was the largest object to burst in the atmosphere since the Tunguska event of 1908, which was also in Siberia and left few eyewitnesses or clues. This time, the event was captured by digital dashboard cameras, now common in Russian autos and trucks. Within days, NOVA crews joined impact scientists in Russia as they hunted for clues about the meteor's origin and makeup. From their findings, it’s clear we came close to a far worse disaster, which NOVA sets in perspective by looking at greater explosions from the past, including Tunguska and the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. "Meteor Strike" asks: Is our solar system a deadly celestial shooting gallery with Earth in the crosshairs? And what are the chances that another, more massive asteroid is heading straight for us?

Broadcast Credits

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS FOR PIONEER PRODUCTIONS
Bob Strange
Stuart Carter
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS FOR NOVA
Chris Schmidt
Julia Cort
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY
Susannah Ward
PRODUCED BY
Andrew Barron
LOCATION DIRECTORS
Ian A. Hunt
Brian Leckey
LOCATION PRODUCER
Masha Slonim
EDITED BY
Paul Crosby
Zilke Lemmer
ADDITIONAL EDITING BY
Stuart Eade
Rebecca Nieto
EDIT PRODUCER
Olive King
CAMERA
Mike Garner
David Langan
Ivan Hinchley
Alex Macdonald
Gennady Nemykh
Steven Pennington
Will Lodge
Wally Corbett
Vince Beeton
Scott May
SOUND RECORDISTS
Ali Pares
Sarah Hunt
Mick Maydock
Kristian Edwards
Rafick Affejee
Igor Ushankov
Ben Livingstone
Frank Mannino
NARRATED BY
Corey Johnson
MUSIC
Audio Network
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Andy Roberts
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Nick Rogers
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Michaela Eells
Clementine Cheetham Pete Matthews
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Philippa Gould
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Artbeats
David Barlow
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ESA / Hubble (M. Kornmesser & L.L.Christensen)
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SPECIAL THANKS
Dr. William Cooke
Dr. Clark Chapman
The Liverpool Telescope, LJMU
Astrophysics Research Institute
NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, LA
Traktor Arena, Chelyabinsk, Russia
URAL Federal University, Russia
Paul Wiegert - The University of Western Ontario
Eugene V. Kartashov
Ulanov Grigoriy Aleksandrovich Marina Zayceva
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Lindsey Truman
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Laurie Cahalane
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Melanie Wallace
MANAGING DIRECTOR
Alan Ritsko
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Paula S. Apsell

Produced by Pioneer Film and Television Productions Limited for NOVA/WGBH in association with Channel 4

© 2013 Pioneer Film and Television Productions Limited and WGBH Educational Foundation
All rights reserved

Image

(meteor over Siberia)
© AP Photo/Nasha Gazeta

Participants

Dmitry Badukov
Laboratory of Meteoritics, Moscow
Mark Boslough
Sandia National Laboratories
Peter Brown
University of Western Ontario
Margaret Campbell-Brown
University of Western Ontario
Dan Durda
Southwest Research Institute
Michael Garnett
Canadian Resident of Chelyabinsk
Richard Greenwood
The Open University, UK
Ruslan Safarov
Resident of Chelyabinsk
Russell Schweickart
Apollo 9 Astronaut
Caroline Smith
National History Museum, UK
Grigory Yakolev
Urals Federal University
Donald Yeomans
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

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