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NOVA; Suicide Mission To Chernobyl


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Suicide Mission To Chernobyl
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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 program travels inside the crumbling sarcophagus itself where an army of Soviet scientists faces repeated exposures to deadly levels of radiation in an attempt to ward off another disaster. (First airing coincided with 5th anniversary of the Chernobyl explosion.)



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Chicago: “NOVA; Suicide Mission To Chernobyl,” 07/16/1991, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed November 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_50FE383955844BAEBFDB6A8A62BD4C78.
MLA: “NOVA; Suicide Mission To Chernobyl.” 07/16/1991. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. November 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_50FE383955844BAEBFDB6A8A62BD4C78>.
APA: NOVA; Suicide Mission To Chernobyl. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_50FE383955844BAEBFDB6A8A62BD4C78
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