Modern Marvels

Season 15 Episode 32

Bulls-Eye

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 20, 2008 on The History Channel
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Bulls-Eye
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From LAPD's sharp shooters to Army snipers, discover what it means to be armed and accurate. Learn how ancient ballista and trebuchet could repeatedly strike their targets. Find out how the Phoenix Lander will navigate to its target some 422 million miles away. See a nine ball expert hit several bulls-eyes, sometimes with the same shot to run the table. Finally, watch as Cirque de Soleil's daring artists are both projectile and target as they perform their breathtaking feats.moreless
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      • In March 2002, Canadian Corporal Rob Furlong set the record for the longest lethal sniper shot when he targeted an Al-Qaeda fighter in Afghanistan from a range of a mile and a half.

      • During a siege in 1304, King Edward I built a huge trebuchet, the Warwolf. Seeing it, the castle's defenders surrendered – but Edward, anxious to see it perform, still used it to destroy one of the castle's walls.

      • In a 1954 exhibition match in Springfield, Ohio, pool legend Willie Mosconi set a world record which still stands – pocketing 526 consecutive balls.

      • The shortest, most fuel efficient journey from Earth to Mars must begin within a launch window that occurs only once every 780 days.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Ready, aim, fire! Eagle eyes and precision engineering, on target and off the charts. From a pool hall to the polar ice cap of Mars, the quest for the ultimate in accuracy. Now, Bull's-Eye, on Modern Marvels.

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