The Universe

Season 3 Episode 6

Deadly Comets and Meteors

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Dec 16, 2008 on The History Channel
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Right now cosmic forces prowl the universe and threaten man's very existence. They're asteroids and comets, they've left their imprint on planet Earth, literally. Initially helping to build planets through violent collisions, during this fiery bombardment period they may have even seeded Earth with water and the building blocks for life. Since the turbulent formation of the solar system, these space rocks have continued to impact Earth. Some have been so violent that they've led to mass extinctions, including one that wiped out the dinosaur. New theories suggest that asteroid and comet dust harbor deadly viruses that may have triggered some of our worst pandemics. The possibility of future collisions remains a legitimate threat yet despite their dangers, asteroids and comets may hold vital natural resources, which could actually preserve mankind.moreless

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