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National Geographic Video - Asteroids - Deadly Impact (1997)

Robbie Robertson , Eugene Shoemaker , Eitan Weinreich  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robbie Robertson, Eugene Shoemaker, Carolyn Shoemaker, David Levy
  • Directors: Eitan Weinreich
  • Writers: Eitan Weinreich
  • Producers: Nicolas Noxon, Nina Parmee, Stephanie Ito
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Nat'l Geographic Vid
  • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009B8F9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,919 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Asteroids and comets: Every year, millions of these "stray bullets" streak through the skies, and tons of small meteorites strike our planet! Some 65 million years ago, dinosaurs were wiped off the face of the earth - in what many believe was the aftermath of a massive cosmic collision. Could something like this happen again? Scientists believe that the impact of an asteroid only a mile wide would be globally catastrophic. Join extraordinary geologist Eugene Shoemaker and his wife Carolyn who have remapped the heavens with their discoveries of more than 30 comets and hundreds of asteroids. Now that we know what's out there, how can we defend ourselves?

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's That Up In The Sky? September 6, 2004
It's astonishing that as recently as 1963 the preponderance of opinion was that Meteor Crater was not caused by an impact.

After the last lunar landing impact was established as the overwhelmingly dominant process at work on the lunar surface, but such impacts on Earth were generally still denied.

Despite the fact that the Alvarez theory gained ground from 1980 until the middle of 1994, impact as a common occurence continued to be denied. After the SL9 impact on Jupiter (well covered in this video) the last significant resistance to the K-T impact as the mechanism of extinction for the dinosaurs was swept away. That this catastrophe on another world brought about an overnight change in the sciences was appropriate.

Now there are many impact craters recognized AS impact craters found throughout the world and not just in some comfortably remote location like the Moon or Jupiter. It is now much cheaper to read constrasting views about such events since the anti-impactors' books have appeared in the remainder lists.

Oddly enough, there's still the occasional attempt to deny impacts, such as the 12th century impact on the Moon observed from England, and the attribution of Martian impact craters to volcanism. Perhaps that odd resistance to the idea of impact will someday soon die out. When it does, good riddance.

Asteroids Deadly Impact is my favorite National Geographic video of all time, and I believe I've seen them all. Perhaps it would be a much better world if people would tune out the daytime (and nighttime) tv garbage and watch stuff like this. Certainly would be worth a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable show about fascinating topic November 21, 2008
I recently watched this video and was very impressed. I was not familiar with Eugene Shoemaker prior to the video, despite his important role in space exploration. It was a wonderful reminder that behind all of the famous faces of the space program, there are many dedicated scientists who spend years following their passion. I enjoyed learning about how his wife had joined him in his life-long quest.

Unlike one previous reviewer, I did not find the video to be disjointed. Perhaps the title and/or cover image are misleading, since there is a great focus placed on the individuals involved (not just on asteroids).

I highly recommend this for anyone interested in geology or space, including adults, homeschoolers, students, etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Danger of Our Place in Space March 12, 2007
I use this movie regularly in the introduction to astronomy college course I teach. It is a very engaging story, first about Gene Shoemaker, then about Gene, his wife, Carolyn, and their friend David Levy. The movie works on several levels. First, it introduces the subject of cratering and its role in the formation of the planets (and its ongoing effects!). It also shows clearly how science is done, and how one man's quest can change the course of scientific ideas. As a particular bonus, the film makes clear the joy and excitement these people find in doing science and figuring things out. Although I have shown it many, many times, I always find myself being drawn into watching it just one more time...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story well told February 19, 2007
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This is a well-done piece about one of the great planetary events of our time: the impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter in 1994. It also tells the story of how Gene Shomaker, almost single-handedly, proved that impact craters on the moon and on Earth were, in fact, caused by impacts and not by volcanism. I have used it many times in general astronomy classes and it never fails to engage students, most of whom had not thought about the topic before. It also presents Gene and Carolyn Shoemaker, and their colleague David Levy, as the warm, engaging people with real passion for their work that they really are. It is too bad that Gene has left us, making an update difficult. My only comment about the negative review below is that it is irresponsible for someone to review a video s/he has not completely viewed.
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