The new film "Fireball" by Werner Herzog tells about the role of meteorites in the history of mankind

According to scientists' calculations, up to 100 tons of stones from space arrive on Earth every day. Most of them are represented by grains of sand, but from time to time much larger specimens appear. Director Werner Herzog, together with the volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer of Cambridge University, created the film "Fireball", which reveals the veil of secrecy over how these space guests have influenced the development of human civilization from time immemorial.

In one of the scenes, Herzog's voiceover jokes that tourists sunbathing on a Mexican beach have no idea about the cosmic origin of their solarium. Although they have modern maps and the ability to look at their place of stay from a satellite. The ancient settlers in the Ramgarh crater in northern India did not have anything like this, but there is an impressive cluster of temples and traces of ancient cultures here. Even without possessing scientific knowledge, people have long understood the unusualness of such places.

Cognition of the nature of meteorites, according to the authors of the film, has always been of a scientific and spiritual nature. A natural scientist sees in a stone from distant worlds a box with miracles, with something that is not on Earth, and the philosopher sees in him a messenger, material proof of supernatural ideas. Modern science is in solidarity with them - meteorites can bring both life and death to the planet, in the form of various microorganisms. They contain rare chemical elements and parts of other planets, they can be huge and destroy cities, but they can and becomes a symbol that inspires people to new discoveries.