Directed by Jacques BEDEL, Bertrand LOYER
At first glance, it appears unlikely that we are under threat from extra-terrestrial objects. Yet, at any moment, the sky could fall on our heads. Our solar system contains millions of objects known as asteroids. The smallest measure just a few centimetres across but the largest can have a diameter of a thousand kilometres. Some circle the sun, like planets, while others cross paths with Earth’s orbit. Now, technological marvels are under construction to avoid a cataclysmic collision. What seemed like science fiction, has now become reality. We are currently learning how to deflect asteroids from their celestial path.
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Bertrand is a world-renowned science film author, cameraman, producer and director. Since he founded Saint Thomas Productions in 1995, he has produced or directed more than a hundred wildlife, science and environmental films for all major broadcasters. He has developed the series “Asteroid Rush”, as well as other space related films, such as “Space Smash” (2019, for ARTE). He has also developped several VFX driven film such as “A NEW PREHISTORY” series and “WHALES FROM THE DEEP”.
The fall of Chelyabinsk’s meteor was a real shock to the astrophysics community, and the shockwave caused our governments to respond and accelerate the implementation of planetary defense against NEOs. (Near Earth Objects, which are asteroids which can cross paths with our planet).
Our documentary is intended to accompany this research thanks to innovative special effects. It re-enacts reveals past events as accurately as possible and reveals a daring scientific project to deflect an asteroid from its path.