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Nova: Quest for Solomon's Mines

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040QYRR2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Inspired by the biblical account of the splendor of his temples and palaces adorned in glittering gold and copper countless treasure-seekers have set off in search of King Solomon's mines. They have trekked through burning deserts and scaled the forbidding mountains of Africa and the Levant. Yet to date the evidence supporting support of the existence of Solomon's and other early kingdoms in the Bible has been highly controversial. In fact there is so little physical evidence of the kings who ruled Israel and Edom that many contend that they are no more real than King Arthur.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy at 35,000 feet December 27, 2011
**This review is on Nova Volume 6, Ep. 10 "Crash of Flight 447"**

On June 1, 2009, Air France Flight 447 fell out of the night sky over the Atlantic Ocean killing all 216 passengers and 12 crew members on board. In this program "Nova: Crash of Flight 447" broadcast on PBS on February 16, 2011, investigators piece together available weather and radar data as well as automatic electronic messages from the airplane transmitted through the airwave, in an effort to reconstruct the tragic event and the possible cause of the crash. It is an aviation detective story. I found the program riveting.

**Spoiler Alert** The rest of this review may contain spoilers.
SYNOPSIS - The crew of Flight 447, with the limited range of the on-board weather radar, apparently flew the airplane into a severe thunderstorm over the Altantic Ocean at 35,000 feet, unable to detect it visually in the pitch darkness of the night. Then the three Thales pitot tubes of the air-speed indicator froze up when the airplane encountered super-cooled water droplets at high altitude, which totally overwhelmed the heaters of the tubes. Without reliable airspeed data, the automatic controls of the highly computerized Airbus A330-200 aircraft shut down one by one in rapid successions. The crew was forced to fly the airplane manually. Standard procedure in the event of an air speed indicator failure is to set the engine thrust at 85% and adjust the pitch of the airplane up 5 degrees. The show suggests that the crew was simply overwhelmed by the event and failed to do so. The plane stalled and fell into the Atlantic Ocean killing everybody on board. It hints that pilots of modern highly computerized airliners are not trained adequately to react to emergencies which require skilled manual control of the aircraft.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOVA is programming we can all be proud of. May 20, 2013
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They are not afraid to do a program that is controversial either. There are few programs I can compare NOVA because it is a standard of excellence that I associate with NOVA. I have to laugh when I hear about funding cuts to public broadcasting. NOVA is proof of how programming like this is some of the best way to spend education dollars. If you do not like or agree with an episode in this format skip to a different one that is why on demand works
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indepth and fascinating May 14, 2013
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There is nothing like NOVA. I grew up with NOVA. Remember Leonard Nimoy? Well, NOVA has evelved since those days. There are those documentaries on The Science Channel but they just don't cover stories quick like NOVA. NOVA has the special touch and dives deeper than any other documentary media source.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Nova!! December 28, 2013
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Love Nova!! Could watch these over and over again. Everything about these shows are spectacular. Can't wait for the next season!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome documentary April 3, 2013
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This documentary was so interesting! I highly recommend to all dog owners and dog lovers. Watch it soon, you'll be glad you did
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best. September 20, 2014
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It's Nova, that name always, without fail, brings us amazing stories of our universe. From bacteria to black holes and everything in between and just about every discipline in science. The production values are state of the art and the editing puts it together in a thoroughly entertaining way.
I suppose you have figured out by now that this is one of my top three favorite shows on television. Nature is another great series from PBS you might enjoy also.
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Coverage of the history of the telescope is outstanding. The visuals are extraordinary. Can't wait for the next discoveries, I'm in my seventies, I really can't wait.
The only thing I would say to the creators is that I wish it were always clear when the visuals were an animation or artist representation as opposed to an actual photo/visual from the various telescopes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! July 14, 2014
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Great programing
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