First Aired: February 28, 2006
An intriguing look back at two attempts to discover a route from Europe to the Pacific through the maze of islands in Arctic Canada, one that led to tragedy and one that was a success. In 1845 British explorer John Franklin led a 129-man expedition using two retrofitted warships. The men were never heard from again. In 1903, Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen set sail using a much-lighter ship and a seven-man crew. Two years later he came out the other side, proving the voyage was possible.
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- Premiered: March 3, 1974
- Rating: None
- 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)