PBS Distribution Taking Audiences Back To Space Again Later This Month In New ‘NOVA’ Episode

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PBS Distribution is taking audiences back into the cosmos again with another new episode of NOVA.

NOVAThe Planets is scheduled for release Aug. 27 on Blu-ray and DVD.  The five-episode presentation takes viewers from the Milky Way’s inner planets all the way to its outermost regions.

Narrated by actor Zachary Quinto (StarTrekStar Trek Into DarknessStar Trek Beyond), takes viewers on the intergalactic journey using the most up-to-date planetary research and footage captured by orbiters, landers and rovers.  From the mystery of why Earth is the only planet of the rocky planets that can sustain life to how the outer planets and gas giants came to form and sit where they do now, the program takes viewers on a previously inexperienced journey through the galaxy.

NOVAThe Planets will retail for $29.99 (DVD) and $34.99 (Blu-ray).  It can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $24.99 (DVD) and $29.99 (Blu-ray) through PBS’ store.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

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PBS Distribution To Release New ‘NOVA’ Episode To DVD Next Week

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PBS Distribution is taking audiences on another archaeological dig next week in another new episode of NOVA.

NOVA: Lost Viking Army is scheduled for release Aug. 13 on DVD.  The program follows a bio-archaeologist named  Cat Jarman who believes that a mass grave discovered roughly forty years ago is the final resting place of an infamous Viking force known as the “Great Heathen Army.”

The “Great Heathen Army,” also known as the “Great Danish Army,” was a group of Vikings who came together from Norway, Sweden and Denmark to invade England in 865 AD.  The army’s conquest lasted a total of 14 years.  The legend behind the raid is that it was a reprisal for the execution of the Viking King Ragnar Lothrbok by Aella of Northumbria.

As this episode of NOVA presents, investigations of the mass grave and stories behind the Viking raid lead to revelations about items, such as female warriors taking part in the conflict and a king reunited with his son in death.

NOVALost Viking Army will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered at a reduced price of $19.99 through PBS’ store.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

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PBS Taking Audiences To The Dead Sea In New ‘NOVA’ Episode

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The Dead Sea is dying, but not everybody is ready to let one of the planet’s great natural wonders go dry.

In a new episode of its hit science-based series NOVA, the slow decline in the sea’s level is examined along with the efforts to save the sea.  Scientists, engineers and political leaders have devised a way to try and save the Dead Sea — construction of a large desalination plant.

If the plant works, it will connect the Dead Sea with the Red Sea.  Success would not only save the Dead Sea but also play a crucial role in political tensions and water shortages in the Dead Sea region.

NOVASaving The Dead Sea is scheduled for release July 16 on DVD and Digital.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 through PBS’ online store.

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PBS Taking Viewers “Back To The Moon” In New ‘NOVA’ Episode

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With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission nearing, PBS and PBS Distribution are marking the occasion with a new episode of NOVA.

NOVABack to the Moon is scheduled for release July 30 on DVD and Digital.  the program focuses on the future of space travel while also looking back at the history of the efforts to reach the final frontier.  It looks at the missions planned for the future of space flight, from the moon to the asteroid belt.

The program also also looks at the resources that might be available in space as mankind looks to the stars.

NOVABack to the Moon will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 at PBS’ online store.  more information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

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New ‘NOVA’ Episode To Tell New Military History Story

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PBS has added another new story to the history of warfare with a new episode of its hit series NOVA.

NOVAThe First Horse Warriors is scheduled for release July 16 on DVD and Digital.  The story at the center of this episode of NOVA examines the history of horses in combat.  While horses were originally used for trade purposes and to herd livestock, they eventually became a key part of warfare around the world.

This new episode of NOVA examines when horses first became so crucial to military campaigns.  It does so by taking viewers to the grassy plains of Kazakhstan, where wild horses still roam free today and nomadic herders follow their traditional way of life.

Researchers using archaeology, and genetics work to solve the question of when horses first went from peaceful purposes to those of war.  In the process, the research also uncovers a once lost group of warriors who used horses in their campaign across Europe. That same group, the research finds, is the ancestors of millions of people worldwide today.

NOVAThe First Horse Warriors will retail for MSRP of $24.99, but can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $19.99 via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

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New ‘NOVA’ Episode Is Another Engaging Look Back At NASA’s Apollo Program

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More than half a century ago, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) made history when it sent the first humans into orbit around Earth’s moon.  The move, which effectively ended the space race between the United States and Russia came almost two years after the tragedy of the Apollo 1 mission.  Three astronauts – Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee – died in the fire that enveloped the craft on the launch pad.  Now thanks to PBS Distribution, the story of that tragedy and the surprising resurrection of America’s Apollo program is being told anew — as the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission nears — in the form of the new NOVA episode Apollo’s Daring Mission.  This latest story is a presentation that will appeal to students of lovers of space science just as much as those who appreciate history in general.  This is due in part to the program’s central story, which will be addressed shortly.  The content used to help tell the story is just as worth mentioning in examining the DVD as the story itself.  It will be addressed a little later.  The program’s average price point is another key part of the presentation’s whole and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of NOVA: Apollo’s Daring Mission.  Altogether, they make this episode one more of this year’s top new documentaries.

NOVA: Apollo’s Daring Mission is hardly the first documentary to ever focus on the matter of NASA’s Apollo space program.  What’s most it is not the first even from PBS to focus on the Apollo program.  That aside, it does not make this doc any less interesting than its predecessors and counterparts (whether from PBS or other outlets).  That is due in part to the documentary’s central story.  The story is that of Apollo 8’s landmark lunar mission, and the work that went into the mission.  It makes certain not to ignore the tragedy of the Apollo 1 fire, which almost put a stop to the Apollo program in whole.  Audiences who maybe are not so familiar with the story of the Apollo program will find themselves asking why the hatch on Apollo 1 opened inward instead of outward.  That played directly into the tragedy, as did the revelation in the investigation into the fire, that shoddy workmanship was really at the core of that fire.  What’s more, considering America’s current social climate, women will be happy to learn that a woman was the one responsible for creating the software that allowed the Apollo 8 crew to carry out its mission.  This is an especially timely revelation, considering the recent revelation that a woman was the one responsible for the identification of a black hole’s event horizon.  As if all of this is not enough, viewers will be just as interested to learn that the Apollo 8 crew did not want a computer to make all the capsule’s moves for them, but in fact argued that they wanted to have control of the computer.  That, along with the discussions on the time and work that went into making sure all safety precautions were taken and that the rocket worked perfectly add even more interest to the story.  Between all of this and the items not directly noted here, the story offers more than enough to keep viewers engaged and entertained.  It is collectively just part of what makes the DVD worth the view.  The content used to tell the story adds even more appeal to the documentary.

The content used to tell the story of the Apollo program – not just the Apollo 8 mission – creates plenty of engagement and entertainment because it gives viewers a first-hand recollection of the program’s history.  The crew of the Apollo 8 – Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders – recalls the events leading up to and after their historic flight, even recalling the reading of the creation story from the Bible and how they came to choose that as their message to the people of Earth.  Now retired NASA officials who were involved in the Apollo program, including the very man who spoke directly with the Apollo 8 crew, share their stories along with the mission crew.  Among them is the very woman responsible for creating the software that allowed the mission to happen – Margaret Hamilton – and the man who served as the contact point between Houston and the Apollo crew.  His anecdote about what he wished he could have said to the crew as the Apollo 8 slipped from Earth’s orbit and headed toward the moon is certain to generate plenty of laughs among audiences.  All of this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg that is the content used to tell the story of Apollo’s Daring Mission.  There is so much more for audiences to take in throughout the course of the documentary.  When it is all considered with the material noted here and the story itself, the whole of that content gives audiences more than enough reason to take in this documentary.  Keeping it all in mind, the DVD’s average price point proves to be money well-spent.

The average price point of NOVA: Apollo’s Daring Mission is $19.54.  That price was obtained by averaging prices listed at PBS’ store, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Amazon and Walmart.  The DVD was not listed at Target or Books-A-Million at the time of this posting.  The most commonly listed price is $17.99 while the most expensive price was listed at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, at $23.75.  That makes Barnes & Noble’s price the only one that is noticeably above average.  PBS’ price of $19.99 is barely above that average.  Considering the breadth and depth of the content featured in this documentary, the average price of $19.54 and the listed price of $17.99 at the noted retailers will not break any viewer’s budget.  It will be money well-spent for those students and lovers of space science and history in general.  Keeping all of this in mind, the average price point for this DVD and its content comes together to make the presentation in whole one more of this year’s top new documentaries.

NOVA: Apollo’s Daring Mission is not the first documentary ever released that centers on the history of NASA’s Apollo program.  Even with that in mind, it is still an engaging and entertaining program in its own right.  That is proven in part through an in-depth story that presents the story of the Apollo program in a new light.  The content used to tell the story ensures even more, viewers’ engagement and entertainment.  The average price point and actual listed prices will, in large part, not break viewers’ budgets.  Keeping all of this in mind, this new documentary is a win for any and all lovers and students of the space sciences and history in general.  It is available now.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

 

 

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New ‘NOVA’ Episode Needs No Rescue

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Bridges are some of the world’s most important architectural structures. From the standard structures that span tiny creeks to larger, more intricate structures that take drivers to the greatest heights, bridges are pivotal to life in so many ways, yet many of the world’s bridges are being lost to time and the elements, including the world’s covered bridges.  In 2011, New York state’s famed Blenheim Covered Bridge was destroyed by flood waters that resulted from Hurricane Irene.  Now in a new episode of PBS’ hit science-based series NOVA audiences see firsthand, the efforts to resurrect the historic structure.  Released on DVD on Feb. 19, the hour-long program follows the noted efforts to rebuild the bridge from start to finish.  That gripping story is one that will interest not only those with a love of and interest in engineering, but human dramas.  It will be discussed shortly.  The secondary story, which focuses on the ancient bridge-building techniques used in China’s covered bridges is another key element that adds to the doc’s presentation even more.  The DVD’s average price point rounds out its most important elements.  Each item noted here is important in its own right to the whole of NOVA: Operation Bridge Rescue.  All things considered, the DVD proves to be a presentation that in itself, needs no rescue.

NOVA: Operation Bridge Rescue is a presentation that is certain to appeal to a wide range of audiences.  Whether one has a love of or interest in engineering or one is just a fan of human dramas, this episode of PBS’ hit science-based series proves to be a presentation that is one of this year’s best new documentaries.  This is proven in part through the doc’s central story.  The central story focuses on one community’s efforts to restore a key part of its history, the famed Blenheim Covered Bridge.  It is a part of history that is just as important to America’s history as it is to the town.  The story follows the efforts to give new birth to the bridge following its destruction in flood waters that stemmed from Hurricane Irene in 2011.  Audiences will be surprised to find, as the story progresses, that not everything goes exactly as planned along the way.  Yes, the story of the bridge’s resurrection has a happy ending.  That happy ending comes after a lot of hard work and near misses, though, as crews battled time and the elements.  While maybe not the stuff of a major blockbuster movie, it is still a story that is certain to keep any viewer engaged and entertained from start to finish.  It is just one part of what makes this documentary well worth the watch.  The secondary story tied into the program adds even more interest to the DVD.

The secondary story featured in NOVA: Operation Bridge Rescue is almost as in-depth as that of the doc’s primary story.  It presents to audiences, the story of the methods used to build covered bridges in China.  Some of those methods go back eons, and have kept some of those bridges safe from time and nature for eons, as audiences learn.  Just as interesting to learn is the purpose of those bridges.  They are apparently used more for cultural purposes than for transportation, unlike so many American bridges (including covered bridges).  Watching the thought, effort and time put into making the bridges “earthquake-safe” and able to handle such large weight loads is enlightening, again, not just for those with a love of and interest in engineering, but for audiences in general.  What’s more, seeing the interest that young Chinese students show in the process is encouraging, as it shows that there is hope for the future of engineers.  Of course, Americans are not left out here, as those working to restore the Blenheim spend some time with young, aspiring engineers on-site at their work site.  While the overall secondary story focusing on Chinese bridges and the techniques used to build them does not exactly have a direct link to the episode’s primary story, it is still interesting in its own right, and is just as certain to keep audiences engaged and entertained as the doc’s primary story.  Both items taken into consideration, they give audiences plenty to appreciate.  Keeping this in mind, it makes the average price point for the DVD money well-spent.

The average price point for NOVA: Operation Bridge Rescue is $19.34.  that price is measured by taking price listings from PBS’ online store, as well as Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble Book Sellers, Amazon and Books-A-Million.  The most commonly occurring listing is $17.99, listed at Amazon, Walmart and Best Buy, while the least expensive listing is at Target, at $16.59.  The most expensive listing is at Books-A-Million, at $24.99.  Regardless of which outlet one chooses, purchase of this DVD still supports PBS, and considering the wide-ranging appeal of this episode, the money spent is well worth it.  To that end, once again, audiences will find in this DVD, a presentation that is in no need of any rescue.

NOVA: Operation Bridge Rescue is an engaging and enlightening new episode of PBS’ hit science-based series that is certain to be enjoyed by a wide range of viewers, from those devoted to the art that is engineering to those who just enjoy drama – as there’s drama even in this story.  That is proven in part through the program’s central story, which follows the efforts of a group of people devoted to resurrecting a historic bridge in New York state.  The secondary story, which focuses on the history of Chinese covered bridges adds even more interest to the program.  The two items combined make the DVD’s average price point such that it will not break any viewer’s bank.  Each item is important in its own right to the whole of NOVA: Operation Bridge Rescue.  All things considered, they make this episode of NOVA one of this year’s best new documentaries.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

 

 

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