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PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a (more…)

Premiered: March 3, 1974

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Season 35, Episode 4 Sputnik Declassified

First Aired: November 6, 2007

The early years of the space race are recalled, including the Soviet launch of the Sputnik I satellite on Oct. 4, 1957; the failed U.S. attempt to launch a satellite eight weeks later; and the contributions to the American space program by Wernher von Braun, who had led Nazi Germany's rocket program. Also: comments from the National Air and Space Museum's Roger Launius and Michael Neufeld; and National Reconnaissance Office historian emeritus R. Cargill Hall.