NOVA - Season 26

Wednesday 9:00 PM on PBS Premiered Mar 03, 1974 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • To the Moon
    To the Moon
    Episode 20
    NOVA's documentary takes an in-depth look at the moon landing that changed the course of human achievement. In 1969, man walked on the surface of the moon for the first time. Before this, the Apollo space program had to face astounding logistical challenges and put in years of preparation. Guests such as Gene Cernan and Frank Borman, two Apollo astronauts, weigh in with personal stories.moreless
  • Volcanoes of the Deep
    Volcanic chimneys on the ocean floor are formed when underwater volcanoes, called black smokers, erupt. Though it would seem that this environment would form a wasteland, many species flourish here in the super-heated water. NOVA goes under the sea in a submersible to explore the ocean's depths and discover the species that thrive there.moreless
  • Battle Alert in the Gulf
    NOVA travels with the aircraft carrier, USS Independence, as it tours the Persian Gulf to implement a "no-fly" zone over Iraq. Cameras capture the ship's crew live and at work, as they test torpedoes and other high-tech equipment each day. Investigators also report on how hot days, stress for a continuing threat from a resilient Iraqi army and being far from home takes its toll on the navy soldiers.moreless
  • Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Abandon Ship (4)
    NOVA probes maritime safety after exploring how the lessons learned from worst disasters at sea have actually saved lives. Investigators revisit the sinking of the Titanic, the overturning of a ferry in the Baltic Sea and a sunken submarine that ran aground in the cold Atlantic Ocean. Reporters talk to survivors who give accounts on how they endured the cold-water shock.moreless
  • Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Plane Crash (3)
    Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Plane Crash (3) from the PBS show NOVA focuses on the terrifying challenge of surviving plane crashes. The episode begins with a flight attendant's terrifying description of a 1989 emergency landing. The show also highlights how the development of safety features on military jets and commercial airlines have saved countless lives.moreless
  • Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Car Crash (2)
    Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Car Crash (2) from the PBS show NOVA explores the work of scientists and engineers to create safer vehicles. These experts use crash science to better develop technologies like safety glass, three-point seat belts, air bags and smart cars to help the human body to survive accidents.moreless
  • Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Fire (1)
    Escape! Because Accidents Happen: Fire (1) from the PBS show NOVA highlights the latest research and developments to prevent injury and death caused by fires. The program looks at the history of fire fighting from Roman times to the present day, and how building codes, improved water systems and computer modeling have all improved survival rates.moreless
  • Surviving AIDS
    Surviving AIDS
    Episode 13
    Surviving AIDS from the show NOVA first aired on February 2, 1999. Several AIDs and HIV patients are followed during this episode. They are interviewed about the disease, how it has effected them, and their hope for the future. The program also visits multi-million dollar laboratories and speaks with scientists working in the field to showcase current findings.moreless
  • Submarines, Secrets, and Spies
    NOVA explores submarine technology and its development during the Cold War. In 1950, the US used submarines and spies to get intelligence information from Russia. Producers look into the catastrophic wrecks of two nuclear submarines that were on a mission to gather secrets, which spies or satellites couldn't collect at the time.moreless
  • The Beast of Loch Ness
    The Beast of Loch Ness from the show NOVA originally aired on January 12, 1999. The program delves into the idea of the Loch Ness monster and joins two scientists as they travel to Scotland to find her. The exploration lasts for three weeks as they dive into the deep Scottish waters to search for any proof that the Loch Ness monster has ever existed.moreless
  • The Perfect Pearl
    The Perfect Pearl
    Episode 10
    The Perfect Pearl from the show NOVA originally aired on December 29, 1998. NOVA dives deep into the fascination surrounding the pearl and visits many places where pearls are harvested. They also visit many pearl farms and discuss the effect that these farms will have on the monetary value of the pearl.moreless
  • Leopards of the Night with David Attenborough
    NOVA heads to the Luangua Valley in Zambia, Africa, to film leopards living in their natural habitant. Using advanced camera technology, producers film the animal hunting during the night and escaping hungry crocodile and hyenas that stalk leopards during the day. Cameras slow down the fast-running animal so that audiences can explore its movements.moreless
  • Ice Mummies: Return of the Iceman (3)
    Ice Mummies: Return of the Iceman is episode 6 from season 26 of the PBS series NOVA. The episode originally aired on November 24, 1998 and focused on archaeologist KonradSpindler's investigation a rare ice mummy who was discovered in the Alps. The investigation covers Iceman's age, the cause of his death, his diet, garments and tools.moreless
  • Ice Mummies: Siberian Ice Maiden (2)
    NOVA explores the lost Pazyryk culture in the Pastures of Heaven in Siberia where a woman 2400-year old lies mummified in ice. Along side the figure are six horses and her final meal, which became frozen during the Earth's last ice age. Producers try to discover more about this lost civilization and how they lived.moreless
  • Ice Mummies: Frozen in Heaven (1)
    Ice Mummies: Frozen in Heaven (1) is episode 7 from season 26 of the popular PBS show NOVA. The episode originally aired on November 24, 1998 and focused on explorer Johan Reinhard and his search for evidence of the ancient rite of child sacrifice in the Andes. The episode also featured a look at the remains of a boy who was possibly sacrificed in Chile in the 1500s.moreless
  • Deadly Shadow of Vesuvius
    NOVA heads to Italy to monitor the activity of volcano Vesuvius, as Italian scientists, there, are in a race to predict its next explosion. Cameras follow geologist, entering the mouth of Vesuvius to get some readings and ground samples. NOVA also revisits the history of the legendary eruption that killed everyone living in Pompeii, Italy, over two-thousand years ago.moreless
  • Special Effects: Titanic and Beyond
    Cinema and science collide when it comes to special effects. Originally aired in 1998, this NOVA episode examines the research and technology that goes into creating cinematic special effects that are both realistic and mind-blowing. The episode pays particular attention to James Cameron's blockbuster hit and his ability to bring the RMS Titanic back to life.moreless
  • Terror In Space
    Terror In Space
    Episode 3
    The Russian space station Mir had gone through a troubled existence when it crashed to Earth by deliberate plan in March, 2001. NOVA examines the space station's existence, as well as the hope for the future for the current International Space Station. In addition, a history of Mir will also be looked at.moreless
  • Chasing El Nino
    Chasing El Nino
    Episode 2
    Chasing El Nino from the PBS show NOVA follows the development of this unusual climate pattern during the winter of 1998. Beginning with a California storm, the documentary team links to cameras around the globe to better understand the impact and repercussions of the El Nino phenomenon both on land and in the sea.moreless
  • Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude
    Lost at Sea: The Search for Longitude focuses on how mariners found their way on the open sea before John Harrison invented the chronometer. The episode shows some of the many ingenious methods ancient mariners used to know where they were on the open seas. Methods such as Land and Air, and Sea and Wave are explored.moreless