DIRECTORNova
TITLESuicide Mission to Chernobyl
DISTRIBUTORPublic Broadcasting Service (PBS)
ISBNn/a
DATE PUBLISHED1991
RUNNING TIME60 minutes


This NOVA documentary film follows a group of Soviet scientists as they attempt to contain and safeguard against further radioactive releases or explosions during the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986. All volunteers, the scientists work in the highly radioactive remains of the Chernobyl power plant. Following them on a series of dangerous missions in search of the missing nuclear fuel which had leaked out of the reactor during the explosion, the documentary shows never-before-seen footage of the reactor core itself. It also shows the frightened yet determined faces of the scientists who venture there, receiving the equivalent of a year’s maximum safe dose of radiation in under a minute. The scientists are interviewed about their work and its dangers. The documentary film also explains the larger environmental consequences of the accident, as well as describing the extent of the fallout.



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