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NOVA; Wings Of Madness


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Wings Of Madness
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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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On October 19, 1901, the people of Paris turned out by the thousands to watch, a dashing, impeccably dressed Brazilian-born inventor, Alberto Santos-Dumont, conquer the skies. His fragile, gas-powered balloon made an astounding half-hour flight over the city and around the Eiffel Tower, and later, he piloted Europe's first ever airplane flight. For a brief moment of glory, Santos-Dumont was the toast of Paris and acclaimed around the world. Then, eclipsed by the growing fame of the Wright Brothers, Santos-Dumont began slipping into illness and depression. During World War I, the airplane, which he believed to be his own invention, became a lethal weapon, eventually driving him to despair and suicide. Featuring captivating recreations and replicas of Santos' pioneering balloons and airplanes, NOVA reveals the daring flights and dramatic life of a neglected genius.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Wings Of Madness,” 01/01/2008, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 16, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_55786886A8BE43F7A946D53339746742.
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