Nova

1974, TV Show

Full Episodes(219)

Latest Episode: Ben Franklin's Balloons

Oct 22, 2014 Season 42 Episode 5 watch on (Paid)

From PBS and NOVA - The epic first stage in the adventure of human flight didn’t begin with the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk but with daring inventors and aeronauts in 18th century Paris. In a period of just 19 months, humanity not only left the ground for the first time, but a handful of brilliant and colorful pioneers developed all the essential features of today's hot air and gas balloons. Their exploits fascinated Benjamin Franklin, who was serving in Paris as the American ambassador, and created a sensation in the city. To explore this extraordinary burst of innovation, NOVA recreates key flights, including the world’s first manned voyage on November 21, 1783. A descendant of the Montgolfier brothers, who invented the hot air balloon, will join a team to build a highly accurate replica of the fragile paper and canvas craft using 18th century tools and materials. NOVA reveals the secrets of how the Montgolfiers invented flight, and evokes the thrilling and daunting prospect that the balloon pioneers faced as they left Earth for the first time.

The Great Robot Race

Mar 29, 2006 Season 33 Episode 17

Twenty-three bizarre looking vehicles line up at the starting gate of the DARPA Grand Challenge with one thing in common: there’s nobody behind the wheel. Sponsored by the Pentagon’s research agency, this race for robotic, driverless vehicles has a $2 million prize. Its ultimate goal is to gather new ideas for the future of unmanned warfare. With names like Terramax, Highlander, Ghostrider, and Stanley, these vehicles are armed with cutting-edge technology, including artificial intelligence, laser-guided vision, GPS navigation, and 3-D mapping systems. But can some of the world's most advanced robots overcome a grueling, 130-mile stretch of Nevada's scorching desert terrain? NOVA follows the competing engineering teams as they deal with the glitches, system crashes, and tight deadlines that threaten to derail them at every turn. NOVA's cameras capture the race's technical challenges, hilarious pitfalls, and a final twist as a surprise contender comes up from behind to steal the race.
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Nova: Extreme Ice
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Nova: Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius
Nova: Dying To Be Thin
Nova: Fast Cars
Nova: Hitler's Sunken Secret
Nova: Aircraft Carrier
Nova: Mountain Of Ice
Nova: Rescue Mission In Space
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Nova: Chasing El Nino
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