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NOVA; Terror in Space


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Terror in Space
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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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This episode surveys the harrowing and life-threatening problems aboard the aging Mir space station through the eyes of the Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts who lived through them: the heat from the fire that erupted on board; the collision between Mir and another spacecraft; the power outages and computer failures that have jeopardized lives. The program also presents the debate about whether NASA should continue to imperil its astronauts by sending them to Mir in preparation for the launch later this year of the most ambitious space project yet -- the International Space Station.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Terror in Space,” 09/10/1998, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 28, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_197FE55774B148DB9D0A7D43C7F9913A.
MLA: “NOVA; Terror in Space.” 09/10/1998. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 28, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_197FE55774B148DB9D0A7D43C7F9913A>.
APA: NOVA; Terror in Space. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_197FE55774B148DB9D0A7D43C7F9913A
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