WHAT IF EARTH WERE UNIQUE?
Director(s): Laurent LICHTENSTEIN – Writer(s): Serge BRUNIER, Bruno BUCHER Contact Print page
What are the chances that, one day, we will discover on some distant extragalactic planet an ecosystem similar to ours on Earth? A planet on which life would have appeared in shapes as complex and diverse as it did on Earth.
Relying on the work of astronomers, cosmologists and biologists, our film offers to take us on a journey to the heart of our solar system, revealing the incredible, even improbable chain of events that resulted in the emergence of life on earth.
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For the last 30 years, space probes have been sent to the outer reaches of our solar system. We’ve ceaselessly scrutinized the Universe with ever more powerful terrestrial or space telescopes and we have even sent robots to Mars, running across kilometres of frozen desert... Nothing. No trace of life.
Over the course of their observations, scientists have discovered new worlds, distant planets and exoplanets…rocky, liquid gaseous, cold or hot. But to their surprise, none of the planets observed to date are similar to ours. No solar system seems to have the delicate structure and environment that has favoured the emergence of the terrestrial ecosystem. Behind their telescopes astronomers began to wonder: What if Earth were unique?
Our film tells a magnificent and truly amazing story that began 4.6 billion years ago when the first grains of dust would little by little come together to form the planets of our solar system.
An improbable scenario, full of twist and turns that will take us from the beginning…from these grains of dust to our terrestrial ecosystem.
Our narrative angle is to show the unique and even improbable chain of events leading from the birth of the solar system to the terrestrial ecosystem that is the source of the appearance of life on Earth.