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NOVA; Halley's Comet: Once in a Lifetime


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Halley's Comet: Once in a Lifetime
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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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Observes worldwide preparations as amateur comet hunters, astronomers and scientists armed with specialized cameras, high powered telescopes and spacecraft look to the heavens in search of the expected arrival in 1986 of Halley's Comet. Program tells the history of Halley's Comet discovery and study of the return.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Halley's Comet: Once in a Lifetime,” 12/24/1985, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 14, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D9F6D4BA86D94510B51229CF6723A017.
MLA: “NOVA; Halley's Comet: Once in a Lifetime.” 12/24/1985. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 14, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D9F6D4BA86D94510B51229CF6723A017>.
APA: NOVA; Halley's Comet: Once in a Lifetime. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D9F6D4BA86D94510B51229CF6723A017
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