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Season 23 1996 - 1997

  • 1996-01-10T02:00:00Z on PBS
  • 55 mins
  • 18 hours, 20 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary

Seen in more than 100 countries, NOVA is the most watched science television series in the world and the most watched documentary series on PBS. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over.

20 episodes

23x01 Terror in the Mine Fields

  • Season Premiere

    1996-01-10T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

Investigate the massacre of Tsar Nicholas and his family, and evaluate whether modern science has resolved the mystery surrounding Princess Anastasia.

23x02 The Day the Earth Shook

  • 1996-01-17T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

Venus reveals its true face, recorded in detail for the first time by the radar spacecraft Magellan. Our next-door planetary neighbor turns out to be one of the most bizarre places in the solar system.

23x03 B-29 Frozen in Time

  • 1996-01-31T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

Travel on a perilous mission to repair and refly a rare B-29 bomber stranded on a Greenland icecap for almost 50 years.Gleaming like a jewel this well preserved bomber from World War II rests on the Arctic tundra where it was abandoned when it crash landed in 1947. This plane has long been a legend and now facing incredible hardship a team of adventurers struggle to bring the frozen warbird back to life.NOVA follows bold pilot Darryl Greenamyer and his team on two expeditions to revive Kee Bird and make it fly again in one of the most isolated and harshest environments on Earth. Despite severe weather illness and difficulties with the shuttle plane in 1994 Greenamyer returns in May 1995 with a larger crew a more reliable shuttle plane and a new plan to bring Kee Bird back to life and back home.

23x04 Ebola: The Plague Fighters

  • 1996-02-07T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

AKA Inside an Outbreak The Ebola filovirus causes a very deadly and highly contagious disease. Outbreaks thus far have been limited due to the implementation of strict isolation, sterilization, and waste disposal procedures; the remoteness of areas in which the outbreaks appeared; and the fact that the virus kills so quickly that many of its victims die before it can be transmitted. Most recently, the Ebola virus struck in the city of Kikwit in Zaire, Africa, in early 1995 and killed almost 250 people before it was contained. Medical experts and relief workers went to work quickly to locate victims, to provide educational and prevention services to neighbors and families, and to research the Ebola virus. This NOVA program follows the medical researchers and doctors as they work to prevent the virus from wiping out an entire community and to locate where the virus originated.

23x06 Kidnapped by U.F.O.'s?

  • 1996-02-28T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

Carl Sagan and other scientists investigate claims that people have been visited or abducted by aliens.

23x07 Flood!

  • 1996-03-27T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

The Great Flood of 1993 leaves a wake of destruction across the Midwest. Can rivers ever be contained?

23x09 Warriors of the Amazon

  • 1996-04-10T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Explore the unique culture of the Yanomami, an isolated tribe living deep in the Amazonian rainforest.

23x10 Bombing of America

  • 1996-04-17T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Bombing is on the rise across the United States. But science is fighting back. Hidden within the chaos of a crime scene lie clues that can solve the case. Can science help stop the "Bombing of America"?

23x11 Einstein Revealed

  • 1996-10-02T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

This two-hour program chronicles Albert Einstein's life and scientific achievements from his birth in 1879 to his death in 1955. The first hour follows Einstein in his quest to understand the nature of light. Graphics depict some of Einstein's famous thought experiments, including his eventual understanding of the interplay between the speed of light and time and his development of the special theory of relativity. The program also goes into great depth about Einstein's personal life, including his romance with and marriage to fellow student Mileva Maric and the death of his father. The second hour unfolds with Einstein preoccupied with finding a theory that accounts for gravitation and determining what orders the universe. Einstein addresses gravitation in the universe with his general theory of relativity. This is confirmed experimentally in 1919 when a solar eclipse reveals stars in positions that could best be explained by his theory: that gravity causes light to bend.

23x12 Lost City of Arabia

  • 1996-10-09T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

Helped by remote sensing, an expedition searches Oman's vast al-Khali desert for the lost city of Ubar.

23x13 Three Men and a Balloon

  • 1996-10-16T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

One of the final aeronautics challenges left in the world today does not involve the use of a plane, a rocket, or even an engine. No one has yet been able to circumnavigate the earth in a balloon. Any team attempting the feat would have to fly higher than most planes ever fly and would need a passenger capsule that could both offer protection from extreme cold and carry the proper navigation and life support equipment. Depending on the powerful jet stream to propel them, crew members would have to plot their course carefully and plan their schedule to coincide with the most advantageous winds. Even landing would be a risky venture. This program follows a team of three adventurers as they attempt to make just such a journey.

23x14 Secrets of Making Money

  • 1996-10-23T01:00:00Z — 55 mins

With a radically redesigned bill, the U.S. Treasury fights back against a new breed of counterfeiters.

23x15 Top Gun Over Moscow

  • 1996-11-13T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

Flights in Russia's powerful fighter jets are for sale to foreign travelers. So is the Russian Air Force still in the game?

23x16 Shark Attack

  • 1996-11-20T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

Sharks are known as the "perfect predators," but sometimes they slip up and attack the wrong prey—people.

NOVA explores the links between our individual development and the evolution of life itself.

This program reveals some of the billions of practically invisible organisms that live on, in, and around us.

Bombing is on the rise across the United States. But science is fighting back. Hidden within the chaos of a crime scene lie clues that can solve the case. Can science help stop the "Bombing of America"?

23x20 Cracking the Ice Age

  • 1997-01-01T02:00:00Z — 55 mins

Did the crash of continents that produced the Himalayan Mountains also trigger the Ice Age?