In the months since the Chelyabinsk meteorite startled a Russian metropolitan area by exploding just above the ground and shattering all the windows in the vicinity, people around the world have taken the possibility of death by asteroid a bit more seriously. In the latest program on the subject, Nova takes a look at both the risks as well as the potential advantages to be gleaned from asteroids and their captive resources.
If you’ve been watching the push for more monitoring of near Earth objects and the birth of the asteroid mining industry, you probably won’t find any surprises here. If you need to catch up on the latest tech in asteroid spotting and capture, this video is a good place to start.
Image caption: Nova explores asteroids, depicted in this rendition, in Asteroid: Doomsday or Payday? (Credits: Nova.PBS)