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NOVA; Sinking the Supership

07/27/2005


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Series
NOVA
Program
Sinking the Supership
Program Number

3212G1

Series Description

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

Program Description

The final phase of the Pacific war during World War II saw a terrible new tactic: massed kamikaze attacks on American ships by Japanese planes. In April 1945, the largest battleship ever built set out on the ultimate suicide mission. With its crew of 3,000, Battleship Yamato, the pride of Japan's fleet, sailed to a solo confrontation with the 1500-strong United States Navy. Attacked by a swarm of U. S. dive bombers, the battleship sank within minutes. A NOVA team discovers the wreck and retells the Yamato's extraordinary saga through the eyes of the few Japanese crew who survived the sinking and are still living today. State-of-the-art CGI animation shows viewers what the colossal battleship was like in all its glory at the time of its launching. The program opens a dramatic perspective on the great age of battleships and why it ended so abruptly with the Yamato's disastrous sinking.

Duration

00:56:46

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
Science
Citation
Chicago: “NOVA; Sinking the Supership,” 07/27/2005, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 10, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E1D18BD3968A42F4B0DC75FE5EF0FF6B.
MLA: “NOVA; Sinking the Supership.” 07/27/2005. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 10, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E1D18BD3968A42F4B0DC75FE5EF0FF6B>.
APA: NOVA; Sinking the Supership. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_E1D18BD3968A42F4B0DC75FE5EF0FF6B
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