WHAT IF EARTH WERE UNIQUE?
Director(s): Laurent LICHTENSTEIN – Writer(s): Serge BRUNIER, Bruno BUCHER Contact Print page
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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...
For the past decades, astronomers have been scrutinising the galaxy. In the course of their observations of the universe, scientists have discovered new worlds, distant planets… But the biggest surprise was that none of these planets were similar to ours, no solar system seems to have the delicate organization that has made possible the emergence of the terrestrial ecosystem. Behind their telescopes, astronomers asked themselves: What if, in fact, planet Earth were unique and singular?
There is indeed a strong case to be made that the presence of life on Earth is the result of a succession of flukes, each one more improbable than the one before it. While the origins of life remain shrouded in mystery, there is much we have learnt that explains why life on our planet became possible. And none of it suggests that life itself is anything but the most remarkable combination of extremely unlikely events.
Relying on the work of astronomers, cosmologists and biologists, our film takes us on an exploratory 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.
We’ll discover, step by step, the circumstances that make our planet so precarious helping us understand the conditions that have allowed the evolution of life. And it makes us wonder if what happened on Earth could have happened elsewhere. Or, could it be that we are the winners of some improbable cosmic lottery?