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NOVA; Lost on Everest


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Lost on Everest
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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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On June 8, 1924, near the summit of the highest peak on Earth, British climber George Leigh Mallory vanished into the clouds and instantly became a legendary figure. Did Mallory and his companion Andrew Irvine actually reach the top of Everest 29 years before Hillary and Tensing? Could they possibly have survived the ferocious conditions at the summit, clad only in layers of cotton and tweed and wearing hob-nailed boots? For more than half a century, climbing aficionados could only speculate. Then, in May 1999, a NOVA expedition located Mallory's body on a rock-strewn precipice, creating an international news sensation. What light does the new discovery throw on mountaineering's most haunting mystery? NOVA presents the exclusive footage of Mallory's body and the new clues to his final hours on the world's most forbidding mountain.



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