meteor menace

programme information


1 x 60'

Production Company

Terra Mater Factual Studios





Episode Information

February 15th, 2013 already is a historic date: out of the blue, a meteorite exploded in the earth’s atmosphere above the Russian region of Chelyabinsk. The massive shockwave destroyed countless windows and buildings. About 1,500 people were injured. The same day, the 40-meter Asteroid 2012 DA 14 passed the earth in a distance of only about 26,000 kilometers – the closest fly-by scientists ever recorded. These two events were not linked to each other – which only points out the menace of meteorites hitting our planet. In 'Meteor Menace' we put that threat into perspective. We visit the best-preserved meteorite impact in the world – Arizona’s Meteor Crater. It was caused around 50,000 years ago by an iron slug only 50 meters in diameter. And then there’s the 'dino killer', the meteorite that hit Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula seen by many experts as the death knell for most cretaceous creatures. Our mammal ancestors crawled out of that one, but will we be so lucky next time? Engaging computer graphics and spectacular eye-witness images combined with the expertise of some of the world’s leading specialists make this comprehensive portrait essential viewing. The recent events are a reminder of the ever-present 'Meteor Menace' and the need to understand more about these missiles from outer space.

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