The Aquarius Project Podcast

The Aquarius Project Podcast - Coming Summer 2018

In the wee hours of a Monday morning in February of last year, a giant green fireball erupted over Lake Michigan. That fireball was a meteor breaking up in the atmosphere, and the pieces of that meteor are now sitting almost 200 feet below the surface of the lake. In the coming months, an unlikely scientific search-and-rescue team (led by a teen-programs manager at the Adler Planetarium) will pile onto a boat, sail out to the crash site, and attempt to retrieve a few meteorites.

Nobody has ever attempted a deep-water meteorite rescue mission like this before, and although a few astronomers and other experts have helped move it along, most of the people working on the Aquarius Project are not scientists—they’re Chicago-area teenagers. And their fearless leader? He’s an actor by training. And some of the most important pieces of the puzzle came from a suburban cop, a building engineer at the Shedd, and other neighborhood explorers who were in the right place at the right time.

Will they succeed? We don’t know. The podcast will follow the project as it unfolds, so we’re not sure exactly how (or when) it will end. But we do know this: It’s going to be a pretty spectacular journey, and no matter what happens, we want YOU to be there with us.

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Episode 2: Unintended Consequences

A cop, a brother, a sci-fi author, an ancient whale, and a museum employee make choices that lead—unintentionally—to a meteorite hunt.

Episode 1: There’s Not a Zero Percent Chance

A meteor crashes into a Great Lake. An irresistible challenge awaits.

TRAILER: INTRODUCING THE AQUARIUS PROJECT

What does it take to get you to go outside and explore your neighborhood? How about a giant green fireball over the lake?