Modern Marvels

Season 8 Episode 12

Engineering Disasters 3

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 16, 2001 on The History Channel
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Engineering Disasters 3
When design flaws fell projects, the cost is often exacted in lives as we see in this look at engineering disasters. Why did the Tower of Pisa begin to lean by as much as 17 feet; what caused the first nuclear accident in 1961 in Idaho; what killed three Soyuz 11 cosmonauts aboard the world's first orbiting space station; how did a winter storm destroy the Air Force's Texas Tower Radar Station, killing 28; and what errors led to NASA's loss of the Mars Climate Orbiter and the Mars Polar Lander?moreless
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      • Cast:

        Matthys Levy
        Author, "Why Buildings Fall Down"

        Susan M. Stacy
        Author ("Proving the Principle") and Historian

        Egon Lamprecht
        Firefighter, Atomic Energy Commission

        Donald R. Abbott
        President, Texas Tower Association

        Lt. Col. Robert Cutler (Ret.)
        Texas Tower 4 Commander, U.S. Air Force

        Charles Zimmaro
        Author and Historian

        Matthew Bencke
        Author, "The Politics of Space"

        Dr. Donna Shirley
        Asst. Dean of Engineering, Univ of Oklahoma

        Art Stephenson
        Chairman, Failure Investigation Board

        Dr. Edward Stone
        Director, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Lee Schneider
        Producer: Lee Schneider
        Associate Producer: Robert Ziel
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Supervising Producer: Henry Schipper
        Editor: Julian Gomez
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Alan Ett
        Production Manager: Linda K. Clark
        Post Producer: Scott Berkson
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Clearance Coordinator: Barbara Streng
        Director of Research: Barry Hill
        Researcher: Kristina Djokic
        Researcher: Mark Savage
        Historical Consultant: Donald Abbott
        Historical Consultant: Pete Dirkmaat
        Historical Consultant: Susan Stacy
        Historical Consultant: Charles Zimmaro
        Archivist: Nilda Jensen
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
        Camera: Giles Baker
        Camera: Maurizio Della Costanza
        Camera: Peter Krajewski
        Camera: Rex Morris
        Camera: David Oglevie
        Camera: Mark Whaley
        Field Audio: Rob Maerz
        Field Audio: Kathryn Oglevie
        Field Audio: Pietro Scorsone
        Field Audio: Michael Vukas
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
        Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
        Assistant Editor: Michael Lim
        Post Production Assistant: Stephen Franklin
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Paul ray
        Animation: David Thompson
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Detricia Meza
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Production Coordinator: Kathy Exner
        Production Assistant: Maryalice R. Aragon
        Production Assistant: Suni Nivens

        Special Thanks:
        Barry Adams
        Mae Farrow
        Idaho National Engineering & Environmental Laboratory
        Idaho State Fair Commission
        Texas Tower Association
        Doris Wallace

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra

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