NOVA 13 Seasons 2010

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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.

Starring:
Adam Alexi-Malle, Kathryn Bard
Runtime:
53 minutes
Original air date:
January 12, 2010

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By gorockies on October 13, 2009
Format: DVD
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 11, 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike VINE VOICE on June 15, 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Burke on July 11, 2014
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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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Not only is the Hubble's Amazing Rescue another tour de force example of Nova's superlative and award winning programs; this is a ripping good story. Sure there's rocket scientists discussing important things and mind blowing photos worthy of Star Trek but Houston there are problems. The Hubble is twenty years old, it has had numerous fixes but now there are no longer parts for the antique technology it is carrying. Now imagine doing these complicated repairs and replacements in a vacuum, hanging upside down, no store to run to. And did we mention the odds of death for everyone involved is very high The mission was postponed for two years because of the danger and expense. But brave, talented and brilliant people pulled together and saved a great scientific masterpiece of the 20th century from blindness as death and allowed us to continue searching the heavens. For once the overused word amazing is really what is called for here. The program is 58minutes made up of the following scenes: An Icon in Trouble, Pooling Talents, Stuck in Space, First Repairs in Orbit, Bad Bolt, and the last Waltz. There is also the option of Director's commentary and video description. Buckle up, your students will enjoy the ride and learn a lot.
Recommended Grades 6-12.
Suzanne Lay
Linworth Press
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As always NOVA continues to deliver science that is both informative and entertaining! In these 6 episodes you can go through training for a space rescue mission to restore the Hubble space telescope in which the outcome is very doubtful. You can join the crew who intend to build and sail the open seas with ship based solely on scanty historical records. And you can gain new insights into the history and purpose of the Sphinx and Machu Picchu! oh and you might even get to pet a dragon!
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By Wyatt Williams on March 5, 2013
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Could not 5 Star because not all programs are appealing subjects to me. But the ones that are rate 5's. Example is the one about all things PLUTO the ex-planet. And there are many like that... Presented in the entertaining but educational way that is heavy on neither end of that. There are a few that while the subject was appealing, the "drama" used to present was too much for me. That's just me; the rating is secure: 4 to solid 5. ~ww
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