Boom! The Science of Explosives

Over 1,000 years ago, the Chinese made a discovery that changed the world. This science documentary takes us on an action-fuelled rocket ride through the world of dynamite, TNT and Semtex. From high-tech vaccination guns to clever explosive devices in space and the complex destruction of a skyscraper– this film is a blast.

Larry Taylor heads NASA’s Ordnance Lab at the Kennedy Space Center. He is responsible for the correct operation of the more than 250 explosive devices that are fired each time NASA sends a rocket into space. He also organises the blasters that nudge NASA’s spacecraft in the right direction. He shows us the tiny explosive capsules that unfold solar sails, detach defective parts from the outer skin of the station and ensure the correct docking and undocking of supply modules. We also witness the biggest fireworks display on earth: The test of a real NASA rocket engine.

Peter Lell invents explosive devices that make life easier – in space and on earth. His latest idea is a vaccination gun that injects drugs directly into the body. Sounds painful, but it isn’t. On the contrary: without needles the injection is hardly noticeable. A faint hiss, a tingling sensation – and the drug is administered. Particularly interesting is that the active ingredient can be transported, stored and injected as a powder that doesn’t need cooling. This could revolutionize vaccination campaigns in developing countries and minimize infection risks.



  • Year: 2021
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: A&O Buero
  • Director: Björn Platz
  • Available Versions: ENG, GER
  • Country of production: Germany

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