The Apocalypse Part 2: The Next Almighty Asteroid – Science Friction

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65 million years ago a huge piece of space rock crashed into the Earth, wiping out countless species of dinosaurs.

Today, asteroids are constantly on a collision course with the planet you call home. Some make a dramatic landing, others are almost missed.

Are we properly prepared for a? Armageddon or Strong impact scaled meteorite, or are we destined to walk the path of the dinosaurs?

The Australian astrophysicist Brad Tucker is so concerned that he is lobbying the US Congress for action.

The second episode of L & # 39; Apocalypse, a three-part series on Science Friction. Three episodes and three huge natural events that could radically change life as we know it.

GUEST

Dr Brad Tucker
Astrophysicist and cosmologist
Australian National University, Canberra, ACT

Prof Carrie Nugent
Asteroid hunter and space physicist
Olin College of Engineering, USA

Lindley Johnson
Planetary Defense Officer
NASA, USA

John Broughton
Passionate astronomer
Reedy Creek Observatory, Gold Coast, QLD

FURTHER INFORMATION
The Earth is at risk after the cuts have closed the comet detection program, the scientists warn (Michael Safi, The Guardian, 2014)

Planetary defense, NASA (NASA, 2019)

NEOWISE celebrates five years of asteroid data (NASA, 2019)

The first demonstration of NASA's planetary defense technology to clash with the asteroid in 2022 (NASA, 2019)

Adventures of an asteroid hunter (Carrie Nugent, TED talks, 2016)

SPACEPOD Podcasts (Carrie Nugent)

Reporter: Carl Smith
speakers: Natasha Mitchell and Carl Smith
manufacturers: Carl Smith and Natasha Mitchell
Sound engineer: Brendan O & # 39; Neill

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