Modern Marvels
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Space Shuttle

Aired on Jan 03, 199644m

Considered by many to be the most astounding machine ever built, this reusable spaceship is the apex of flight technology. This program recounts the challenges and the critical issues that led to NASA's decision to create an "airplane" to navigate space.

Considered by many to be the most astounding machine ever built, this reusable spaceship is the apex of flight technology. This program recounts the challenges and the critical issues that led to NASA's decision to create an "airplane" to navigate space.

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Railroads That Tamed the West

Aired on Feb 04, 199645m

The Transcontinental Railroad was considered the greatest building achievement in U.S. history. But an even greater challenge lay ahead: harnessing the awesome potential of the rails to tame the West.

The Transcontinental Railroad was considered the greatest building achievement in U.S. history. But an even greater challenge lay ahead: harnessing the awesome potential of the rails to tame the West.

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Mt Rushmore

Aired on Feb 11, 199643m

In the Black Hills of South Dakota, sculptor Gutzon Borglum carved the faces of four American presidents -- Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt -- into a granite cliff.

In the Black Hills of South Dakota, sculptor Gutzon Borglum carved the faces of four American presidents -- Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt -- into a granite cliff.

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Ocean Liners

Aired on Feb 18, 199646m

With technological advances, our ancient struggle against the sea has turned into a luxurious holiday. Come aboard the modern ocean liner for a peek at the elegant life on these floating resorts.

With technological advances, our ancient struggle against the sea has turned into a luxurious holiday. Come aboard the modern ocean liner for a peek at the elegant life on these floating resorts.

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Gothic Cathedrals

Aired on Mar 09, 199646m

Built of stone and glass, persistence and prayer, Gothic cathedrals are an epiphany of imagination and an articulation of joy. Featured are such masterpieces as Chartres, Notre Dame and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

Built of stone and glass, persistence and prayer, Gothic cathedrals are an epiphany of imagination and an articulation of joy. Featured are such masterpieces as Chartres, Notre Dame and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

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The Eiffel Tower

Aired on Mar 10, 199645m

Created by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World�s Fair, the Eiffel Tower is the most recognizable symbol of Paris and one of the world's most visited monuments.

Created by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World�s Fair, the Eiffel Tower is the most recognizable symbol of Paris and one of the world's most visited monuments.

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Paving America

Aired on Jun 16, 199645m

The story of the construction of our grand national highway system, from its beginnings in 1912 (conceived by auto and headlight tycoons) to its completion in 1984 (when the last stoplight was removed--and buried).

The story of the construction of our grand national highway system, from its beginnings in 1912 (conceived by auto and headlight tycoons) to its completion in 1984 (when the last stoplight was removed--and buried).

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Brooklyn Bridge

Aired on Jun 30, 199645m

Opening in 1883 and connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge's design, elegance, and proportions symbolized the American Dream and quickly earned it the nickname "the Eight Wonder of the World."

Opening in 1883 and connecting Brooklyn to Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge's design, elegance, and proportions symbolized the American Dream and quickly earned it the nickname "the Eight Wonder of the World."

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Television: Window To The World

Aired on Oct 20, 199647m

An exploration of the world's most popular entertainment, from the boy genius who invented it to the RCA "General" who made it a reality.

An exploration of the world's most popular entertainment, from the boy genius who invented it to the RCA "General" who made it a reality.

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Pyramids: Majesty And Mystery

Aired on Mar 23, 199745m

Standing majestically for centuries, great pyramids have long inspired and mystified scholars. Leading experts and historians explore the engineering genius that created some of the largest structures on the planet.

Standing majestically for centuries, great pyramids have long inspired and mystified scholars. Leading experts and historians explore the engineering genius that created some of the largest structures on the planet.

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Observatories: Stonehenge to Space Telescopes

Aired on Jun 08, 199744m

From Stonehenge to the Hubbell Telescope, mankind has always been a race of stargazers. Unforgettable film footage and expert accounts reveal the facts of astronomy's most mind-boggling discoveries.

From Stonehenge to the Hubbell Telescope, mankind has always been a race of stargazers. Unforgettable film footage and expert accounts reveal the facts of astronomy's most mind-boggling discoveries.

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The Great Wall of China

Aired on Sep 13, 200045m

Winding 6,000 kilometers through undulating mountains, it is said to be visible with the naked eye from the moon. But who called for the Great Wall's construction and how was it accomplished? Historians, engineers, and scientists explore one of the wonders of the ancient world.

Winding 6,000 kilometers through undulating mountains, it is said to be visible with the naked eye from the moon. But who called for the Great Wall's construction and how was it accomplished? Historians, engineers, and scientists explore one of the wonders of the ancient world.