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.

Last Extinction: Megabeasts' Sudden Death

Apr 01, 2009 Season 36 Episode 14

A provocative new theory about what killed off America's mammoths at the end of the last Ice Age.
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Extreme Ice

Mar 24, 2009 Season 36 Episode 13

In collaboration with National Geographic, NOVA follows the exploits of acclaimed photojournalist James Balog and a scientific team as they deploy time-lapse cameras in risky, remote locations in the Arctic, Alaska and the Alps. Their goal is to create a unique photo archive of melting glaciers that could provide a key to understanding their runaway behavior.
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Rat Attack

Feb 24, 2009 Season 36 Episode 12

Every 48 years in the remote Indian state of Mizoram, an indigenous species of bamboo blooms, spurring an explosion in the rat population which feeds off the bamboo's fruit. The rats run amok, destroying crops and precipitating crippling famine. NOVA investigates the botanical mystery of why the bamboo flowers and why the rats attack with clockwork precision every half-century.
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The Spy Factory

Feb 03, 2009 Season 36 Episode 11

NOVA exposes the hidden, high-tech workings of the world's largest intelligence agency, the National Security Agency (NSA). Their mission is to eavesdrop on the world - from phone calls in Europe and Afghanistan to email messages from Pakistan to Baghdad. Based on the best-seller by James Bamford, this is a report on the threat to privacy and the effectiveness of high-tech surveillance in the age of terrorism.
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The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

Jan 27, 2009 Season 36 Episode 10

Nowhere in nature is there a more powerful mix of scientific marvel, awesome beauty and epic struggle for survival than the Monarch butterfly. Journey into the Monarch's secret and fascinating world as NOVA visits the spectacular locations the Monarch calls home, meets its friends and enemies (including humans in both camps) and flies with it on one of the most inspiring migratory odysseys imaginable.
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Ocean Animal Emergency

Nov 25, 2008 Season 36 Episode 7

NOVA takes you inside a very special ER to showcase the efforts of a renowned team of wildlife veterinarians as they fight to save sick and injured ocean mammals including full-grown feisty California sea lions and adorable but weak harbor seal pups. For many of their patients, The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California, makes the difference between life and death. Witness amazing rescues of ocean mammals in distress and marvel at the cutting-edge research into many of the diseases plaguing these animals, some the result of the devastating effect that humans have on our environment. Ocean Animal Emergency gives an insider's view of the work of wild animal veterinarians and illustrates the devastating changes happening in the ecology of our oceans.
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The Bible's Buried Secrets

Nov 18, 2008 Season 36 Episode 6

The Bible's Buried Secrets is a landmark two-hour NOVA special taking viewers on a fascinating scientific journey that began 3,000 years ago and continues to this day. The film presents the results of more than 100 years of excavation and centuries of biblical scholarship, digging deep into the origins of the Hebrew Bible, or Old Testament. This archeological detective story tackles some of the biggest questions in biblical studies. Where did the ancient Israelites come from? Who wrote the Bible, when, and why? How did the worship of one god—the foundation of modern Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—emerge? A powerful intersection of science, scholarship, and scripture, The Bible's Buried Secrets provides unique insight into the deeper meaning of the biblical texts and their continuing resonance through the centuries.
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Alien from Earth

Nov 11, 2008 Season 36 Episode 5

NOVA presents an exclusive new investigation into the sensational discovery of the bizarre ancient bones of the so-called "Hobbit" unearthed in a cave on the island of Flores, Indonesia. No more than 3 feet tall when fully grown, these tiny humans survived in the cave for tens of thousands of years, hunting the huge and fierce Komodo dragons that roamed their remote island home. In Alien from Earth, NOVA explores the latest evidence in a furious scientific debate on what the Hobbit bones represent. Are they the remains of a dwarf race of modern humans suffering from a strange disease? Or are they the unique and tantalizing testament to a previously unknown branch of the human family?
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Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension

Oct 28, 2008 Season 36 Episode 4

What do movie special effects, the stock market, heart attacks, and the rings of Saturn have in common? They all consist of fractals, irregular repeating shapes that are found in cloud formations and tree limbs, in stalks of broccoli and craggy mountain ranges, and even in the rhythm of the human heart. NOVA takes viewers on a fascinating quest with a group of pioneering mathematicians determined to decipher the rules that govern fractal geometry. Their remarkable findings are deepening our understanding of nature and stimulating a new wave of scientific, medical and artistic innovation stretching from the ecology of the rainforest to fashion design.
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Columbia: Space Shuttle Disaster

Oct 14, 2008 Season 36 Episode 2

On February 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas just 16 minutes before it was due to land. All seven astronauts aboard perished; NASA responded by announcing the retirement of the shuttle program in 2010. What caused the Columbia disaster? An engineering flaw? A failure within NASA? Could this catastrophe have been avoided? Through interviews with astronauts, NASA personnel, and members of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, Space Shuttle Disaster gives viewers a new look at the Columbia tragedy, and at NASA itself. Space Shuttle Disaster gets to the heart of what went wrong and explores why the shuttle program fell short of its ambitious goal to make space travel routine, cheap, and safe. The film also spotlights NASA's ambitious plans for the future of U.S. spaceflight following the shuttle's scheduled retirement.
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Nova Clips & Interviews collapse view

Nova: Inside Animal Minds: Dogs & Supe
Nova: Rise Of The Hackers
Nova: First Air War
Nova: Rise Of The Drones
Nova: D-Day's Sunken Secrets
Nova: Manhunt: Boston Bombers
Nova: Ground Zero Supertower
Nova: What's Up With The Weather?
Nova: Percy Julian: Forgotten Genius
Nova: Dying To Be Thin
Nova: Mountain Of Ice
Nova: Rescue Mission In Space
Nova: First Man On The Moon
Nova: Last Extinction: What Killed The
Nova: Chasing El Nino

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