On July 12th, CBS launched Salvation, its newest summer miniseries in the US, dealing with the ramifications of the discovery of an asteroid on course for a collision with Earth in just six months. At the centre of the show are a MIT grad student’s and tech billionaire’s efforts to prevent the impact, while the US Department of Defense has its own planetary defense plans. The second episode aired on July 19th. Interested American viewers can watch previously released episodes on CBS’ Salvation website. Our Asteroid Day Expert Panel (ADXP) kindly offered to provide a commentary. They aren’t television critics and will leave it to others to comment on aspects of the story that don’t directly relate to asteroids and planetary defense. Even with that narrow scope, there was too much material in the first two episodes to tackle in a single blog, so they will post updates throughout the duration of the miniseries.
The Asteroid Day Expert Panel weighs in on Salvation
Here is what Mark Boslough (ADXP chair), Rusty Schweickart (Apollo 9 astronaut and Asteroid Day co-founder), and other experts had to say about Salvation:
Rusty Schweickart: We are glad that asteroids are part of the public conversation ...