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Space Science Documentary End of the Earth Science Channel
Earth, the only lifesustainingplanet in our Solar System. Yet throughout its history our worldhas been a planetary punching bag. Anything that crosses the orbit of Earth could one day slam into the Earth. At this very moment, violent celestialheavyweights roam the Universe and threaten to deal theEarth a knockout blow. The power would be like setting offthe whole world's armament at one time, and would be like standing nextto Hiroshima all over the world.
Everything in us would get ripped apart and all of your bodywould fly off to infinity. But some scientistsand former astronauts are not willing to godown without a fight. They're racing to trackdown these cosmic killers before they trigger Armageddon. Earth, shimmers like a sapphirejewel in our Solar System. We go about our days,
unaware that, in thefar reaches of space, trouble could be headed our way. Our Solar System is a lotlike an amusement park. Earth and most of the other objectscarve predictable paths around the Sun. Normally everything is calm and smooth, but at times thingsget chaotic and violent. Earth can be slammed by space rocks,zapped by deadly space weather, jolted, jostled and threatened
by the objects' energyand forces of the cosmic. The Earth is on a cosmic thrill ride, one that often involves extreme danger. When you're moving fast inon a predetermined path, you hope nothing crosses, becausethere's nothing you can do. lt;igt;Nicaraguan border is right down along.lt;igt; Former astronaut RustySchweickart knows first hand how dangerous celestial objects can be.
In 1969 he piloted the lunarmodule during the Apollo 9 mission. Now Schweickart is ready formore than a cruise to the cosmos. He's sounding alarms about thedangers of one particular asteroid, named Apophis, which got too close for comfort in 2004. He had immediately goteverybody's attention, because the probability ofimpact was quite high. In fact it was higherthan any impact probability
that we had ever seenup until that time. And Schweickart has a terrifyingreal life example of just how damaging an impact from an asteroid, evensmaller than Apophis, could be. June 30th 1908, 7:15 AM. An object, half thesize of a football field, plunged down from space ataround 34,000 miles per hour. And produced a streamof fiery gas behind it. Within minutes, the fireballentered our atmosphere,
Arctic Swell Surfing the Ends of the Earth
Aww, hands are so cold!Cold out thereé laugh It's freezing! But absolutely pumpingwhen the right one comes in. It's flawless with the offshore waves offshore snow, Ishould say. Some of these places I go, they feel likea photographic purgatory. It just feels foreign. It's like, you know, walking on the moon orsomething like that. You know, when people think of surfing, thelast thing people consider is, you know, surfing in the Arctic. The contrast of going to theseharsh remote environments, and having surfing be your means of exploration thats, it doesn'tget any better than that. I feel almost driven
to document the Arctic, and in a lot of ways,Arctic Surfing. Photography for me was a release. I wantedto immerse myself in the beauty of what I was seeing with my own eyes. And I felt likeit became this kind of symbiotic relationship that really was the perfect medium of expressionfor me. As soon as I got a camera I realized this could be my vehicle to go experiencethe world. I love to travel. You know like I'm a I'm a cold water fanatic; that's whyI go to these cold harsh environments. The clouds. The moodiness. The Northern Lights.It truly is beautiful and epic and the surreal landscapes that come out of this North AtlanticSea has really drawn me in.
This morning we had to shovel out the carfor about an hour before we could even get out of the driveway. And we had about fiveto six feet of like snow drift last night. It's just packed beyond belief. Being from Southern California, it's the completeopposite of what I'm used to. It's just a different kind of beauty. It'sreal raw and just getting to see this side of God's creation is super rad. It truly is beautiful and epic and mysticalall while being some of the most harsh conditions I've ever seen.
I have such a respect for the guys that getout there in the water. They really have the tough end of the deal. I kind of feel like I'm going to war or something,like I got my combat suit on. You know you're putting on five to seven millimetersof rubber. And then you're hopping in water that's thirtyfive to fortyfive, fortysixdegrees. It doesn't really get much better for travellingto cold destinations. Surfing between these giant cliffs and good waves. It's the raddestthing ever. When you're first paddling out it's kind ofa shock, and then within two minutes you start
to feel your core temp drop. And then you make one little turn the wrongway and your wet suit gets flooded and it feels electrifying. The ocean for years has been considered bya lot of the locals in these places as such a dangerous scary place and you see, you know,these professionals working in such an amazing way. Riding the storm surf with crazy undertowsand huge currents and winds from some of the roughest seas in the the world. But it all kind of comes together in thisbeautiful way when, when those storms do subside
and there's these glimpses in between theseharsh moments where you get perfection. It humbles you and makes you realize how atthe mercy of the ocean and the elements we are. I know the surfers are out in the water sufferingjust as much as I am, if not way more, so I feel like you have this extremely heavytask on your shoulders of making sure that you document what's going on accurately andappropriately and doing them justice, because you're only going to get so many moments. Today is looking like a perfect day to getin the water so I'm going to jump in and see