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NOVA; Underwater Dream Machine


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Underwater Dream Machine
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Building a submarine without the resources of a big shipyard and using only scavenged or off-the-shelf parts is an unusual idea by any standard. But Peter Robbins has dreamed of submarines all his life, and he is an unusually determined man. Over the course of four years, Robbins staked everything he owned to build his own submarine, the Alicia, in a bid to explore, first-hand, the sunken wrecks of German U-boats. As an engineer, he is fascinated by the precision of U-boat technology; as an entrepreneur, he is intrigued by the prospect of underwater tourism. Assembled from more than two million parts, at a cost of $1.5 million, will the Alicia be the success he hoped for? NOVA dives into uncharted waters for the maiden voyage of one man's lifelong dream.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Underwater Dream Machine,” 11/21/2006, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0CE78635B5CF43FC90C5E7A47FED6A1D.
MLA: “NOVA; Underwater Dream Machine.” 11/21/2006. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 19, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0CE78635B5CF43FC90C5E7A47FED6A1D>.
APA: NOVA; Underwater Dream Machine. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0CE78635B5CF43FC90C5E7A47FED6A1D
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