Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 11

Sub Zero

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Feb 23, 2005 on The History Channel
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Sub Zero
Come in from the cold while we explore some of Earth's most frigid places and examine how man copes with sub-zero climates. With the advance of technology, our boundaries have expanded--from the North and South Poles, to the depths beneath the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice, to the Moon, Mars, and outward to Saturn. Enter these forbidding territories, guided by a special breed of experts as we inspect the new U.S. South Pole Station, try on the latest Polartec fashions with anti-microbial fibers, ride on the newest snowmobiles and Sno-Cats, sail through glacial waters on ice-breaking ships, and fly on an LC-130 transport plane. And we'll see what NASA has on the planning board for deep-space exploration, including a beach-ball robot explorer, and learn from scientists studying fish in the waters off Antarctica to understand glycoproteins, which may keep frozen tissue healthy longer for transplantation.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • In 1975, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline's peak construction year, over 28,000 were employeed by Alyeska. In the two years it took to build the pipeline, 31 were killed in accidents.

      • During Operation Deep Freeze's yearly re-supply of Antarctica's science stations, 8 million gallons of fuel and 11 milion pounds of cargo are delivered to McMurdo Station.

      • Synthetic fleece is made from finely spun plastic fibers. Approximately 25 two-liter plastic bottles can be recycled to make one fleece jacket.

      • In 1997, Russia's Vostok station in Antarctica reported the coldest temperature in the world: -132 degrees Fahrenheit. This is colder than dry ice and cold enough to make steel shatter.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: Engines wheeze, frostbite consumes limbs, death in the extreme cold is just a mistake away. Yet, a small city thrives atop 9,000 feet of ice. A probe hurtles through the blistering cold of deep space. A ship opens a lifeline on frozen seas. Now, Sub Zero, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Sean Dash
        Producer: Sean Dash
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Corrie Kaufman
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Editor: Sean Dash
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Coordinator: Melinda Esquibel
        Coordinator: Brad Skiles
        Researcher: Mikki Del Monico
        Researcher: John Knapp
        Researcher: Sean Heckman
        Researcher: Tom Barclay
        Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslee
        Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Camera: Stewart Aull
        Camera: Gary Corrigan
        Camera: Michael Ford
        Camera: Roy Hatch
        Camera: Gary Hoffman
        Camera: T.J. Williams
        Field Audio: Daniel Crowe
        Field Audio: Hector Douglas
        Field Audio: Eric Kruize
        Field Audio: T.J. Williams, Jr.
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker
        Animation: Bart Roen
        Historical Consultant: Joe Ferraro
        Historical Consultant: Gary Kinsella
        Historical Consultant: Charles Ryerson

        Special Thanks:
        Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
        National Science Foundation
        University of Alaska Museum of the North

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Seggara
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

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