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Meteor Strike
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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On the morning of February 15th, a blinding streak of light screaming across the Russian sky was followed by a shuddering blast strong enough to damage buildings and send more than 1000 people to the hospital. A 7000-ton asteroid crashed into the Earth's atmosphere, exploded and fell to earth across a wide swath near the Ural mountains. According to NASA, the Siberian Meteor, which exploded with the power of 30 Hiroshima bombs, was the largest object to burst in the atmosphere since a 1908 event near Siberia's Tunguska river. That time there were few eyewitnesses and no record of the event except for thousands of acres of flattened trees. This time however the event was captured by countless digital dashboard cameras, which have lately become a common fixture in Russian autos and trucks. Within days, armed with this unprecedented crowd-sourced material, NOVA crews hit the ground in Russia along with impact scientists as they hunt for debris from the explosion and clues to the meteor’s origin and makeup. To understand how lucky we were this time, we explore even greater explosions in the past, from Tunguska to the asteroid that extinguished the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. “Meteor Strike” puts it all together and asks: is our solar system a deadly celestial shooting gallery -- with Earth in the cross-hairs? What are the chances that another, even more massive asteroid is heading straight for us? Are we just years, months or days away from a total global reboot of civilization, or worse?

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



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Chicago: “NOVA; Meteor Strike,” 03/25/2013, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_07B5BA02FD784971953F298CF422381E.
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