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Season 1 Episode 53

Siberian Apocalypse

Aired Unknown Dec 26, 2006 on The History Channel
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Siberian Apocalypse
At 7:15AM on June 30, 1908, a giant fireball, as bright the Sun, explodes in the Siberian sky with a force a thousand times greater than the Hiroshima bomb. It decimates 1,000 square miles of forest--over half the size of Rhode Island, and was the biggest cosmic disaster in the history of civilization. What caused the apocalyptic fire in the sky? Over a hundred theories surround what is called the Tunguska event, varying from asteroids and comets to black holes and alien spaceships. Most scientists agree the Tunguska event will happen again, and next time, the human toll could be unimaginable. Now, NASA and other organizations race against time to stop the next planet killer before it ignites Armageddon.moreless
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      • Narrator: It was the biggest explosion to rock planet Earth in the history of civilization. A blast that devastated sub-zero Siberia. It was an assault more powerful that 1,000 atomic bombs and one that destroyed everything in its path. The century old catastrophe remains one of science's most terrifying and hotly debated mysteries. Now NASA and others race against time to stop the next planet killer before it ignites armageddon.

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      • Commentators:

        Roy A. Gallant
        Professor Emeritus, University of Southern Maine

        Dr. David A. Kring
        Planetary Geologist, Lunar and Planetary Institute

        Dr. Kevin Zahnle
        Planetologist, NASA Aves Research Center

        Dr. Don Yeomans
        Senior Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

        David Morrison
        Senior Scientist, NASA Astobiology Institute at ARC

        Dr. Andrei Olkhovatov

        Dr. Vitali Romeiko
        Astronomer and Expedition Leader

        Dr. Vadim Chernabrov
        Aerospace Engineer, Kosmopoisk Organization

        Dr. Igor Zotkin
        Astronomer, Moscow State University

        Nataly Kolesnkova
        Biologist, Moscow State University

        Dr. Evgeniy Kolesnikov
        Cosmochemist, Moscow State University

        Dr. Vladimir Bychkov
        Lead Researcher, Moscow State University

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