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NOVA; Spies that Fly


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Spies that Fly
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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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In newly declassified footage, NOVA reveals the exploits of America's secret weapon in the air war over Afghanistan: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). These smart robots fly, spy, and shoot in places too risky for human pilots to venture. Today's pilotless planes are just a taste of what the future holds from tiny flyers that can fit in your pocket to super-efficient jets that soar halfway around the world.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Spies that Fly,” 11/06/2002, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 25, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5FA105D36C0C4F079E080039896F6F63.
MLA: “NOVA; Spies that Fly.” 11/06/2002. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 25, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5FA105D36C0C4F079E080039896F6F63>.
APA: NOVA; Spies that Fly. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_5FA105D36C0C4F079E080039896F6F63
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