Nova

1974, TV Show

Full Episodes(234)

Latest Episode: First Man on the Moon

Nov 29, 2014 Season 42 Episode 10 watch on (Paid)

Everyone knows Neil Armstrong was the first to set foot on the moon. But this modest and unassuming man was determined to stay out of the spotlight, so the rare combination of talent, luck, and experience that led to his successful command of Apollo 11 is not widely known. Now, for the first time, NOVA presents an intimate portrait through interviews with Armstrong's family and friends, many of whom have never spoken publicly before. Seen through the eyes of those who were close to him, the film explores the man behind the myth, and also reveals his unsung achievements as a Navy combat veteran and pioneer of high speed flight. In its groundbreaking exploration of this quietly effective man, NOVA explores his achievements following Apollo, which included his leading role in the inquiry into the Challenger disaster and efforts to encourage young people to share his lifelong passion for flight. First Man on the Moon is an inspiring story of heroic risk-taking and humble dedication to advancing humanity's adventure in space.

Lost Treasures of Tibet

Feb 18, 2003 Season 30 Episode 13

Mustang (moo-stahn), one of the last outposts of Tibetan culture, is so isolated and protected that no Westerner set foot inside its borders for centuries. But in the early 1990s, this untouched society set high in the Himalayas opened its borders for the first time, exposing an ancient world’s dazzling sacred relics long damaged by the elements and neglect. Today, outsiders are working with local townspeople to rescue priceless masterpieces dating back to the 13th century – but can these efforts preserve history in a way that is acceptable to the local culture? Join the race against time as art and restoration experts mix history, science, and politics in a complicated and daunting mission to preserve these religious works of art. With gods literally peeling off the walls, will outsiders be trusted with saving the sacred art of Mustang?
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Battle of the X-Planes

Feb 04, 2003 Season 30 Episode 11

Inside the high-tech, high-stakes competition to create America's newest fighter plane. NOVA goes behind the doors of the world's two largest aerospace companies to record classified meetings, climbs into cockpits to fly the most revolutionary planes, and examines the high-stakes battle waged between Boeing and Lockheed Martin to build the most capable and versatile fighter ever created-- the Joint Strike Fighter. The two aerospace giants fight for a contract that will make aviation history and help protect America, and that could provide the winner total domination of the U.S. defense fighter industry. Marking the first time filmmakers have been allowed inside a major weapons competition, NOVA enters Boeing's Phantom Works and Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works, and travels to the flight test centers at Edwards Air Force Base and Patuxnet Naval Air Station to document key moments of the competition. Join military brass, aviation engineers, and test pilots as they race to create a single aircraft that meets three criteria-- that the winning plane be stealthy, affordable, and adaptable to the varying needs of the Air Force, Navy, and Marines. Filmed over four years, Battle of the X-Planes reveals the breakthrough designs, heartbreaking setbacks, adrenaline-fueled test flights, and one final nail-biting decision-- the winner of the most lucrative contract in military history.
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Nova Clips & Interviews collapse view

Nova: What's Up With The Weather?
Nova: Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius
Nova: Ben Franklin's Balloons
Nova: Mountain Of Ice
Nova: Rescue Mission In Space
Nova: Last Extinction: What Killed The
Nova: Lost King Of The Maya
Nova: At The Edge Of Space
Nova: Extreme Ice
Nova: Bigger Than T. Rex
Nova: Kaboom: The Sizzling Story Of Ex
Nova: Hitler's Lost Sub
Nova: Asteroid: Doomsday Or Payday?
Nova: Galileo's Battle For The Heavens
Nova: In The Path Of A Killer Volcano

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