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We are all transient inhabitants of a fragile planet. In 1994, comet Shoemaker-Levy hurtled straight into Jupiter. For the first time in history, astronomers were eyewitnesses to a cosmic collision, the force of which would have destroyed the Earth. It is to avoid such an eventuality that scientists are keeping a watchful eye on the trajectory of asteroids such as Toutatis, which will just miss us in the year 2004, and continue on its way. In all probability, no giant asteroid will threaten us in the near future. But since scientists can only track down a small proportion of the objects circulating in the cosmos, they cannot say for certain. The renowned scientists featured in this film are thus both uneasy and hopeful. These discoverers of comets communicate their passion for the stars--so close and yet so far away from us.

1997, 48 min 25 s

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Bronze Medal - Category: Science and Technology
The New York Festivals / Festival Competition
January 22 1999, New York - USA

Bronze Apple Award
National Educational Media Network Competition
May 30 to 31 1998, Oakland - USA

Youth Jury Award - Best Educational Film
SciFest a Festival of Science
February 26 to March 1 1998, Vancouver - Canada

Honorable Mention
International Film and Video Festival
October 21 to 23 1997, Columbus - USA

Silver Certificate
Medikinale / International Medical and Scientific Film Festival - Prix Leonardo
October 14 to 18 1997, Parma - Italy

Golden Sheaf Award - Category: Best Science/Nature
Yorkton Film Festival
May 22 to 25 1997, Yorkton - Canada

Award for Best Scientific Film
GO FIGURE! (Téléscience)
October 17 to 27 1996, Montréal - Canada