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Season 32

28 Sep. 2004
Origins: How Life Began
Following the formation of the Earth, life didn't waste any time getting started. Scientists explore the evidence and conduct experiments to determine how life could form on the inhospitable early Earth then change to cover the entire Earth.
29 Sep. 2004
Origins: Where Are the Aliens?
This program reviews the Drake equation to provide an updated estimate of the likelihood that there is another civilization close enough to Earth for us to talk with. And it ponders the question; with so many strange life forms on earth how would we know an alien if we met one?
29 Sep. 2004
Origins: Back to the Beginning
Scientists discover and explore the the cosmic microwave background and with it, the big bang and understanding of the first stars and the formation of the elements.
9 Nov. 2004
America's Stone Age Explorers
More than 2,000 years ago, the thriving city of Petra rose up in the bone-dry desert of what is now Jordan. An oasis of culture and abundance, the city was built by wealthy merchants who carved spectacular temple-tombs into its cliffs, raised a monumental Great Temple and devised an ingenious system that channeled water to vineyards, bathhouses, fountains and pools. But following a catastrophic earthquake and a slump in its desert trade routes, Petra's unique culture faded and was lost to most of the world for nearly 1,000 years. Now, in a daring experiment, an ...
23 Nov. 2004
Ancient Refuge in the Holy Land
Nova follows an archaeological expedition into the Cave of Letters and examines the Jewish Bar Kokhba revolt against the Roman Empire.
4 Jan. 2005
Welcome to Mars
NOVA follows a team of scientists as the monitor the Martian rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Spirit runs into some problems, but Opportunity takes a photograph that may confirm the existence of water on Mars.
8 Feb. 2005
The Viking Deception
There are few more tantalizing or notorious historical documents than the Vinland map. A faded, yellowing scrap of parchment bearing a faint tracery of lines, the map apparently shows the eastern seaboard of North America-yet it was drawn at least half a century before Columbus reached the New World. It seems to present unshakeable proof that the Vikings were the real discoverers of the Americas. But for 40 years, a bitter debate over its authenticity has raged among cartographers, historians, and scientists. Despite chemical analysis and radiocarbon tests, the case ...
22 Feb. 2005
A Daring Flight
In 1909, French aviation pioneer Louis Blériot becomes the first man to cross the English Channel in a heavier-than-air machine, Blériot's own Type XI monoplane. Nearly a century later, his grandson and namesake attempts a re-enactment of the historic flight that made his grandfather famous and catapulted France to the forefront of aviation technology.
29 Mar. 2005
Wave That Shook the World
Dec. 26, 2004 Tsunami.

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