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NOVA; Hubble’s Amazing Rescue


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Hubble’s Amazing Rescue
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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 the spring of 2009, NASA sent a shuttle crew on a risky mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope for the last time. Hubble has enthralled scientists and the public by capturing deep views of the cosmos and a wealth of data from distant galaxies. It has helped lead the search for alien planets and is a key tool in cosmology's quest to investigate and map the universe's mysterious dark matter. The astronaut servicing team carried out the first-ever in-space repairs of Hubble's defective instruments, a task that required ingenious engineering fixes and the most intensive NASA spacewalk ever. From training to launch, NOVA presents the inside story of the mission and the extraordinary challenges faced by the rescue crew.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Hubble’s Amazing Rescue,” 10/05/2009, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AFD68EDF728C4A6191EDB6ECA4053A10.
MLA: “NOVA; Hubble’s Amazing Rescue.” 10/05/2009. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AFD68EDF728C4A6191EDB6ECA4053A10>.
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