Season 5, Episode 9 The Case of Ancient Astronauts

First Aired: March 8, 1978

Claims that extraterrestrials influenced early civilizations are reviewed and challenged on "The Case of the Ancient Astronauts." Author Erich von Daniken speaks for the claims; scientists who disagree are also interviewed. Phenomena examined include carvings on a Mayan sarcophagus; geometric lines on Peru's Nazca Desert; the Great Pyramid at Giza; and an African tribe's longtime knowledge of a star first sighted in the late 1800s.

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
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  • Premise: 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)

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