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NOVA; MARS Dead or Alive



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MARS Dead or Alive
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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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During Earth month January 2004, a strange sight will unfold on the planet Mars. Above a vast, dry lake bed south of the Martian equator, a conical vehicle will parachute toward the surface; then, just before touch down, it will be enveloped by a gigantic protective airbag allowing the craft bounce safely to a stop. Inside is Spirit, the most sophisticated rover ever launched from Earth, which NOVA covers in depth. The last few moments of the program reveal the outcome of the Mars landing. The rebroadcast will update the original program.



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Chicago: “NOVA; MARS Dead or Alive,” 12/15/2003, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A5756A9D6C984E03ACB2F2DB0FF99206.
MLA: “NOVA; MARS Dead or Alive.” 12/15/2003. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 24, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A5756A9D6C984E03ACB2F2DB0FF99206>.
APA: NOVA; MARS Dead or Alive. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A5756A9D6C984E03ACB2F2DB0FF99206
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