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Ultimate Space Telescope

53m 33s

Follow the dramatic story of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope – the most complex machine ever launched into space – in hopes of peering deeper back in time than ever before and answering some of astronomy’s biggest questions.

Episodes

  • Ultimate Space Telescope: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ultimate Space Telescope

    S49 E10 - 53m 33s

    Follow the dramatic story of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope – the most complex machine ever launched into space – in hopes of peering deeper back in time than ever before and answering some of astronomy’s biggest questions.

  • Ice Age Footprints: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ice Age Footprints

    S49 E9 - 53m 32s

    Ancient footprints in New Mexico’s White Sands National Park reveal new evidence of Ice Age humans that walked the land alongside enormous ground sloths and mammoths—thousands of years earlier than archaeologists thought people were in the Americas.

  • Why Ships Crash: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why Ships Crash

    S49 E8 - 53m 31s

    When the colossal Ever Given container ship crashed in the Suez Canal in March 2021, international supply chains ground to a halt. How did it happen? Follow the investigation into one of the most expensive shipping disasters ever.

  • Dinosaur Apocalypse: The Last Day: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Dinosaur Apocalypse: The Last Day

    S49 E7 - 53m 33s

    The search continues for signs of what might have happened on the day the dinosaurs died. Scientists uncover remarkable evidence, including a near perfectly preserved dinosaur leg and what could be pieces of the asteroid itself.

  • Dinosaur Apocalypse: The New Evidence: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Dinosaur Apocalypse: The New Evidence

    S49 E6 - 53m 33s

    In North Dakota, scientists use new fossils to reconstruct what life might have been like just before an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. The site reveals remarkable evidence, including the unhatched egg of a pterosaur, a huge flying reptile.

  • Determined: Fighting Alzheimer's: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Determined: Fighting Alzheimer's

    S49 E5 - 53m 28s

    Follow three women at risk of developing Alzheimer’s as they join a groundbreaking study to try to prevent the disease – sharing their ups and downs, anxiously watching for symptoms, and hoping they can make a difference.

  • Augmented: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Augmented

    S49 E4 - 1h 25m

    Follow the dramatic personal journey of Hugh Herr, a biophysicist working to create brain-controlled robotic limbs. At age 17, Herr’s legs were amputated after a climbing accident. Frustrated by the crude prosthetic limbs he was given, Herr set out to remedy their design, leading him to a career as an inventor of innovative prosthetic devices.

  • Great Mammoth Mystery: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Great Mammoth Mystery

    S49 E3 - 53m 26s

    Sir David Attenborough investigates a unique site in southern England where amateur fossil hunters uncovered giant mammoth bones and evidence of Neanderthals. A team of paleontologists and archaeologists soon discover that the site preserves rare evidence of the extinct beasts and early human inhabitants of Britain dating to over 200,000 years ago.

  • Secrets in the Scat: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Secrets in the Scat

    S49 E2 - 53m 32s

    Scott Burnett is “Scatman”—an Australian ecologist on the trail of the secrets of poop. By identifying and analyzing animal scat for DNA and hormones, he discovers essential details of their behavior, how they fit in the ecosystem, and even how to protect them.

  • Arctic Sinkholes: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Arctic Sinkholes

    S49 E1 - 53m 28s

    Colossal explosions shake a remote corner of the Siberian tundra, leaving behind massive craters. In Alaska, a huge lake erupts with bubbles of inflammable gas. Scientists are discovering that these mystifying phenomena add up to a ticking time bomb, as long-frozen permafrost melts and releases vast amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Extras + Features

  • Predicting My MS Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Predicting My MS Preview

    S49 E101 - 38s

    In 2005, filmmaker Jason DaSilva was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, a rare type of MS that has no known cure and inflicts progressively debilitating symptoms. In this moving personal film, DaSilva looks back on the challenges he’s faced, delves into the science behind MS, and investigates the potential risk factors that may–or may not–have contributed to his rare diagnosis.

  • Predicting My MS: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Predicting My MS

    S49 E101 - 30m 37s

    In 2005, filmmaker Jason DaSilva was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, a rare type of MS that has no known cure and inflicts progressively debilitating symptoms. In this moving personal film, DaSilva looks back on the challenges he’s faced, delves into the science behind MS, and investigates the potential risk factors that may–or may not–have contributed to his rare diagnosis.

  • NASA Reacts to the James Webb Space Telescope Images: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    NASA Reacts to the James Webb Space Telescope Images

    S49 E10 - 1m 55s

    This team of space scientists, visual developers and science writers have been working together since early June processing the images of celestial objects, and the spectra of the atmosphere of an exoplanet, for release to the public, so the world can see what Webb can do. They are the only team members who’ve had the privilege of seeing the images.

  • Why Distant Galaxies Look Red: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why Distant Galaxies Look Red

    S49 E10 - 3m 40s

    The James Webb Space Telescope, a project 30 years in the making, launched in December 2021 and arrived at its destination point in January. The telescope will be able to see further into the infrared part of the spectrum than Hubble, and further back in time.

  • Ultimate Space Telescope Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ultimate Space Telescope Preview

    S49 E10 - 28s

    Follow the dramatic story of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope – the most complex machine ever launched into space – in hopes of peering deeper back in time than ever before and answering some of astronomy’s biggest questions.

  • How Scientists Created JWST's First Test Image: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Scientists Created JWST's First Test Image

    S49 E10 - 4m 50s

    A month after its launch, the next step for the James Webb Space Telescope was to align all 18 of its mirrors. Aligning the 18 mirrors of the James Webb Space Telescope took extreme precision and allowed it to take its first image—a star amongst many galaxies.

  • Ice Age Footprints Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Ice Age Footprints Preview

    S49 E9 - 30s

    Ancient footprints in New Mexico’s White Sands National Park reveal new evidence of Ice Age humans that walked the land alongside enormous ground sloths and mammoths—thousands of years earlier than archaeologists thought people were in the Americas.

  • Why Ships Crash Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why Ships Crash Preview

    S49 E8 - 29s

    When the colossal Ever Given container ship crashed in the Suez Canal in March 2021, international supply chains ground to a halt. How did it happen? Follow the investigation into one of the most expensive shipping disasters ever.

  • The Crash That Shut Down the Global Economy, Explained: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Crash That Shut Down the Global Economy, Explained

    S49 E8 - 3m 31s

    How could one ship shut down the global economy? An investigator shows why the Ever Given crashed into the bank of the Suez Canal, while the Cosco Galaxy—which passed through the waterway on the same day—did not.

  • Dinosaur Apocalypse: The Last Day: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Dinosaur Apocalypse: The Last Day

    S49 E7 - 29s

    The search continues for signs of what might have happened on the day the dinosaurs died. Scientists uncover remarkable evidence, including a near perfectly preserved dinosaur leg and what could be pieces of the asteroid itself.

Schedule

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    NOVA

    NOVA Universe Revealed: Big Bang

    Tuesday
    Aug 16

    1 Hour

    New research and theories offer clues about the Big Bang and what may have existed before the universe's birth.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Animal Espionage

    Tuesday
    Aug 16

    1 Hour

    Camera traps and drones offer an up-close look at animals without disturbing them, providing insight into the secret world of animals, including whales, tigers and giant armadillos.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    NOVA Universe Revealed: Big Bang

    Wednesday
    Aug 17

    1 Hour

    New research and theories offer clues about the Big Bang and what may have existed before the universe's birth.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Animal Espionage

    Wednesday
    Aug 17

    1 Hour

    Camera traps and drones offer an up-close look at animals without disturbing them, providing insight into the secret world of animals, including whales, tigers and giant armadillos.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    NOVA Universe Revealed: Big Bang

    Wednesday
    Aug 17

    1 Hour

    New research and theories offer clues about the Big Bang and what may have existed before the universe's birth.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Animal Espionage

    Wednesday
    Aug 17

    1 Hour

    Camera traps and drones offer an up-close look at animals without disturbing them, providing insight into the secret world of animals, including whales, tigers and giant armadillos.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Eagle Power

    Wednesday
    Aug 17

    1 Hour

    Up-close footage provides a look at the strength, eyesight and flying skills of an eagle, and reveals the danger and drama of chicks as they struggle to survive.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Eagle Power

    Thursday
    Aug 18

    1 Hour

    Up-close footage provides a look at the strength, eyesight and flying skills of an eagle, and reveals the danger and drama of chicks as they struggle to survive.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Animal Espionage

    Saturday
    Aug 20

    1 Hour

    Camera traps and drones offer an up-close look at animals without disturbing them, providing insight into the secret world of animals, including whales, tigers and giant armadillos.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Eagle Power

    Sunday
    Aug 21

    1 Hour

    Up-close footage provides a look at the strength, eyesight and flying skills of an eagle, and reveals the danger and drama of chicks as they struggle to survive.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Eagle Power

    Tuesday
    Aug 23

    1 Hour

    Up-close footage provides a look at the strength, eyesight and flying skills of an eagle, and reveals the danger and drama of chicks as they struggle to survive.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Rise of the Mammals

    Tuesday
    Aug 23

    1 Hour

    A new trove of fossils reveals how mammals took over after an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
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    NOVA

    Bat Superpowers

    Tuesday
    Aug 23

    1 Hour

    Understanding bats, their long life spans and why they are resistant to the very diseases they carry such as Ebola and MERS, as well as other diseases like cancer.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Eagle Power

    Wednesday
    Aug 24

    1 Hour

    Up-close footage provides a look at the strength, eyesight and flying skills of an eagle, and reveals the danger and drama of chicks as they struggle to survive.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Rise of the Mammals

    Wednesday
    Aug 24

    1 Hour

    A new trove of fossils reveals how mammals took over after an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Bat Superpowers

    Wednesday
    Aug 24

    1 Hour

    Understanding bats, their long life spans and why they are resistant to the very diseases they carry such as Ebola and MERS, as well as other diseases like cancer.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Eagle Power

    Wednesday
    Aug 24

    1 Hour

    Up-close footage provides a look at the strength, eyesight and flying skills of an eagle, and reveals the danger and drama of chicks as they struggle to survive.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Rise of the Mammals

    Wednesday
    Aug 24

    1 Hour

    A new trove of fossils reveals how mammals took over after an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Banner-L1

    NOVA

    Bat Superpowers

    Wednesday
    Aug 24

    1 Hour

    Understanding bats, their long life spans and why they are resistant to the very diseases they carry such as Ebola and MERS, as well as other diseases like cancer.
  • Image
    NOVA: TVSS: Iconic

    NOVA

    Operation Lighthouse Rescue

    Wednesday
    Aug 24

    1 Hour

    Engineers work to save historic Gay Head Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard, which is falling victim to the ocean's erosion of the island's cliffs.

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