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.
Careful design mixed with cutting-edge technology has made Las Vegas an intoxicating, neon oasis in the middle of a desert. Tour the magnificent casinos of Las Vegas' storied strip and go behind the scenes to uncover the city's engineering marvels.
During the depths of the Depression, the Tennessee Valley Authority was FDR's greatest triumph: A massive public works project that took a 40,000 square mile, disaster-prone river basin and turned it into a model of industrial progress.
Construction of the second-longest suspension bridge in the United States took 25 million working-hours and 80,000 miles of cable to complete—but the cost in human life proved high.
From the first well in Pennsylvania to the gushing Spindletop and modern supertankers, the story of oil is the story of civilization as we know it. Explore the ingenious and outrageous men who risked everything for ""black gold"" and unimaginable wealth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The domed structure is one of the earliest forms of shelter. We explore how engineers have enlarged and transformed the ancient concept to build some of the world's most spectacular structures: domed sports stadiums.
There is no better demonstration of man's resolve than tunnels. Whether underwater, blasted through rock, or negotiating the shifting strata of earth's crust, we explore the design and engineering of famous tunnels—and the motivation behind them.
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).
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."
From Alexander Graham Bell’s crude creation to today’s high-speed wireless networks, explore the past, present and future of the telephone. Revisit the race between Bell and rival Elisha Gray, who filed the history-changing patent just 2 hours after Bell.
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.
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.
Advances in technology allow designers of roller coasters to test the limits of the human body.
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.
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.