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NOVA 15 Seasons

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Season 3
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4.6 out of 5 stars (173) IMDb 8.8/10

As entertaining as it is informative, NOVA explores headline-grabbing innovations and discoveries, demystifying science and technology along the way while also highlighting the human side of the people "who make science happen." NOVA programs have defined science television for the world, helping us to understand the way things work, while also exploring the social implications of these scientific findings that affect our past, present, and future. Ranging in topics covering everything from galaxies to atoms, the series opens viewers' imaginations to cutting-edge technology that is constantly pushing the limits of the real and possible.

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Scott D. Altman, Matt Ashmore

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Season 3
1. Hubble's Amazing Rescue

In the spring of 2009, NASA sent a shuttle crew on a risky mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope for the last time. The astronaut servicing team must carry out the first ever in-space repairs of Hubble's defective instruments, a task that requires ingenious engineering fixes and the most intensive NASA spacewalk ever. NOVA presents the inside story of the mission and the extraordinary challenges faced by the rescue crew.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 1 minute Release date: October 13, 2009
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2. Lizard Kings

Though they may look like dragons and inspire stories, they are actually monitor lizards, the largest lizard to walk the planet. With acute intelligence, they are a very different kind of reptile, blurring the line between reptiles and mammals. NOVA follows expert lizard hunter, Dr. Eric Pianka, as he tracks the elusive creatures through Australia's heartland, for an unparalleled close encounter with these versatile 'living dragons.'

TV-PG CC Runtime: 1 minute Release date: October 20, 2009
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3. What Are Dreams?

What are dreams and why do we have them? NOVA joins the leading dream researchers as they embark on a variety of neurological and psychological experiments to investigate the world of sleep and dreams. Delving deep into the thoughts and brains of a variety of dreamers, scientists are asking important questions about the purpose of this mysterious world we escape to at night.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 51 minutes Release date: November 24, 2009
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4. Building Pharaoh's Ship

A magnificent trading vessel embarks on a royal expedition to a mysterious, treasure-laden land called Punt. Is this journey, intricately depicted on the wall of one of Egypt's most impressive temples, mere myth--or was it a reality? NOVA follows a team of archeologists and boat builders as they reconstruct the mighty vessel shown in the mysterious carving, and then finally launch it in to the Red Sea on a unique voyage of discovery.

TV-G CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: January 12, 2010
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5. Riddles of the Sphinx

For 45 centuries, the Great Sphinx has cast its enigmatic gaze over Egypt's Giza plateau. The biggest and oldest statue in a land of colossal ancient monuments, its scale is staggering. How was it built, and who or what does it represent? NOVA's expert team of archaeologists carries out experiments that reveal the techniques and incredible labor that was invested in the carving of this gigantic sculpture.

TV-G CC Runtime: 1 minute Release date: January 19, 2010
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6. Ghost of Machu Picchu

Perched atop a mountain crest, mysteriously abandoned more than four centuries ago, Machu Picchu is the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere and an iconic symbol of the power and engineering prowess of the Inca. NOVA joins a new generation of archeologists as they probe areas of Machu Picchu that haven't been touched since the time of the Incas and unearth burials of the people who built the sacred site.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: February 2, 2010
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Just saw this Nova episode on PBS but it won't be available on amazon.com until January 2010, and it was astounding. Photographic quality is first-rate, images from the telescope/camera are gorgeous, and you really do get to know many of the people involved - those who perform the miracles on the ground and in space.

I give the "plot" my highest praise: this is better than "Ice Road Truckers." And even though I knew the outcome of the project, I was on the edge of my seat through the entire program. The whole repair job depends on every tiny little detail, including 150 screws, each of which could ruin the project if the head is stripped... and you know how easily that happens.

Humor, pathos, outstanding teamwork and creativity... I could - and will - watch this again. The only question left unanswered was how the astronauts go to the bathroom in their spacesuits during an eight-hour spacewalk (I couldn't help it - I'm a retired middle school teacher).
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Originally broadcast as an episode of NOVA, Hubble's Amazing Rescue is a behind-the-scenes documentary of the extraordinary astronauts and engineers who worked together to save the famous Hubble Space Telescope, an artifact that has contributed enormously to scientific knowledge in the past twenty years. After two decades, Hubble's gyroscopes and sensors were failing; its batteries were running down; and some of its instruments were already dead. A mission to save it had been cancelled in 2004 due to excessive risk to the astronauts. Previous missions had offered replacement parts, but now two of the run-down instruments, a camera and a spectrograph, had no available replacements. It took five careful spacewalks to revive the telescope and fortify it to be sent back into space, anywhere from 10 to 70 times more powerful than when it was first launched. A director's commentary enhances this amazing true-life story of the rebirth of a scientific resource, Hubble's Amazing Rescue is especially recommended for public library DVD collections. 56 minutes, widescreen, stereo, closed-captioned, not rated.
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Nova never lets me down! I especially enjoy this series because it presents facts, science and history. Then I am allowed to make my own informed decisions and ideas about that information. I especially enjoyed the Egyptian program. I watched it as a refresher before going to see a King Tut exhibit in Mobile, Alabama. I find Nova high quality entertainment, beautifully filmed.
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Until I saw this documentary, I had no idea of the extent of the work that needed to be done to the Hubble Telescope. I think it's incredible that they were able to do what they did to not only repair it, but to enhance it. The sheer number of variables to consider, the things that could go wrong, it was amazing that it went right.

You get to see the testing of the procedures on Earth. From the beginning, they had a lot of odds stacked against them (i.e. the designers of the Hubble had passed away so they had to rely on any notes and files that they had). Obstacle after obstacle came about but remarkably, was overcome (shows the incredible power of the human will). The amount of stress that was on the engineers and the astronauts is not something I would wish on someone I considered distasteful. This is a great documentary and well worthwhile if you have any interest in this kind of thing.
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The Nova series is great TV: educational yet interesting; a great supplement to school but more importantly fosters an inquiring spirit and appreciation for non-fiction as fun. This is a show parents can actually encourage kids to watch.
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I loved it!!! If I were younger I would train to be a "SPACE GEAR REPAIR PERSON". I believe that as independent contractors increasingly launch privately owned space gear there will also be an increasingly number of "SPACE TECH" positions available for the adventurous!!!
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Each season of NOVA presents a wide variety of programs, most on completely different topics. All are well researched. The photography is stunning. I especially like "Ghosts of Machu Picchu." PBS offers fabulous programming. I recommend all of the NOVA programs.
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Best episode was the episode named "Hubble's Amazing Rescue". You'll really get a feel for all the background work it takes to make a successful mission on orbit for this NASA shuttle flight.
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