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  • 6:00am

    Aerial America:

    New England

    The rich history of American independence rings out from just about every corner of New England, from the Massachusetts harbors where early rebellions triggered a revolution to the rocky peaks where freedom soars today. From the air, there's no end to the wonders of this northeastern region. Take a sky-high journey with us as we capture the pristine lakes on Maine's northern border, the rocky shores of Connecticut's stunning coast, the fall colors that blanket the mountains of Vermont, and beyond.

  • 7:00am

    Aerial America:

    On the Water

    Water is a resource, a recreation, and a requirement for life itself. It is also a sight to behold, whether it's the product of millions of years of geological evolution or a remarkable feat of modern engineering. This aerial excursion whisks you above America's massive lakes, powerful rivers, mind-boggling glaciers, and shape-shifting wetlands as well as its man-made dams and canals. See how our interaction with water has shaped our nation's landscape and its history, and how its importance continues to ripple from coast to coast.

  • 8:00am

    Mighty Cruise Ships:

    Stella Australis

    Stella Australis is part luxury liner and part expedition ship, whisking passengers to the most remote areas of South America for one-of-a-kind encounters. Join the adventure as she visits sub-polar forests, vast glaciers, and areas so remote you wouldn't believe they actually exist. Providing matchless experiences means overcoming challenges, from handling Cape Horn's notorious Drake Passage to changing the itinerary at nature's command. The captain and crew will need a steady hand, and a good dose of creativity, to ensure a successful voyage.

  • 9:00am

    Mighty Cruise Ships:

    Marco Polo

    As other cruise ships head for the Caribbean in late autumn, Marco Polo, the Grande Dame of the Baltic, keeps her cool up north, and that's just how her passengers like it. They've paid to see Old World cities such as Copenhagen, St. Petersburg and Helsinki without crowds of tourists, but traveling this time of year is a risky venture. And while this 50-year-old liner is built to plow through broken ice on arctic routes, a new captain, some unpredictable seas, and a brooding hurricane will make this a historic ride in more ways than one.

  • 10:00am

    The Real Story:

    Apollo 13

    Illustration of Apollo 13 module flying toward Earth

    No one would believe the story if it hadn't actually happened. The 1970 rescue of Apollo 13 captivated the nation and the film adaptation went on to win two Oscars(r). But how close to the truth was the film? Was "Houston, we have a problem," or "Failure is not an option," ever actually said? Did hostilities between the astronauts really exist? To reveal the truth, we put the big movie moments to the test. Firsthand accounts from astronauts and Mission Control staff involved in the rescue, as well as an interview with filmmaker Ron Howard, reveal the full story.

  • 11:00am

    The Real Story:

    Star Trek

    USS Enterprise from JJ Abrams timeline flying away from a bright star

    The biggest movie and TV franchise of all time, Star Trek spawned more than 700 TV episodes and twelve films. Creator Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future helped inspire today's scientists to develop the first scientific principles of teleportation, the creation of artificial intelligence, androids, and more. Now, scientists, series producers, the first Trekkies, and Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy, provide new insights into a show that inspired audiences everywhere to create a better world.

  • 12:00pm

    Secrets:

    The Copper Scroll

    In a cave by the Dead Sea, a copper scroll treasure map from the time of Jesus was found, promising riches estimated to be worth billions by today's standards. Over half a century later, mystery still surrounds this ancient manuscript. Could these fragments of corroded metal really hold the clues to a massive buried fortune? If so, where did these vast treasures come from? Why were they buried? And are they still out there? Join the investigation as we reveal the secrets behind this very unique and valuable Dead Sea Scroll.

  • 1:00pm

    Secrets:

    The Holy Grail

    The quest for the Holy Grail has consumed knights and crusaders, and has inspired legendary tales and Hollywood blockbusters. Could it be that the epic search is finally over? One church in Spain says they have found the sacred chalice, and that they have evidence to prove it, but some experts believe this is just the latest in a long line of false claims. Our team traces the extraordinary story behind this ultimate relic and uses forensic and historic analysis in an attempt to solve this 2,000-year mystery.

  • 2:00pm

    Secrets:

    Gospel of Jesus's Wife

    "Jesus said to them, my wife." These six words caused international debate when they were recently discovered on an ancient piece of papyrus thought to be a lost passage from the Bible. If proven to be authentic, the artifact, which insinuates that Jesus was married, serves to rewrite one of the most famous parables of religious history. So what's the inside story of this startling discovery? Join Dr. Karen King, Harvard professor, as she explores its origins and controversial implications.

  • 3:00pm

    Sacred Sites:

    Oracles

    Earthquake lights. Hallucinogenic gases. Magnetic fields. New scientific research has revealed that these and other tectonic phenomena happened at virtually every site in ancient Greece where oracles delivered their prophecies to pilgrims and nobles. Could it be that the landscape itself contributed to making these places sacred? Join us as we travel the Mediterranean to visit locations where oracle predictions determined the fate of nations and examine the connection between mankind and what may be the most Sacred Site of all: Earth itself.

  • 4:00pm

    Mighty Trains:

    North Rail Express

    When it comes to delivering freshly caught cod, mackerel, herring, and salmon from the Arctic Coast to the rest of the world, there is only one train for the job: the North Rail Express. This highly specialized container train travels a 1,200-mile route through the steep, icy mountains of Norway and Sweden, with high-tech refrigeration trailers to keep the cargo in peak condition. See how this mighty train battles treacherous environments and tight deadlines to deliver each catch of the day on time, no matter what gets in its way.

  • 5:00pm

    Planes That Changed the World:

    SR-71 Blackbird

    The SR-71 Blackbird can travel at three times the speed of sound and at heights of 80,000 feet, at the very edge of space. But its greatest legacy is helping maintain peace when the world was on the brink of nuclear war. Even today, this marvel of engineering remains one of the fastest, highest-flying manned planes in the world. This is its remarkable history, through interviews with the men and women who built it and dared to fly it.

  • 6:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Into the Eye of the Storm

    They're called hurricane hunters, research scientists who head straight into killer storms to collect valuable data that will ultimately save lives. In 1989, however, it's the scientists' own lives that are in peril after they enter one of the most violent forces of nature of all time: Hurricane Hugo. Relive their harrowing battle against this category 5 monster and the efforts to keep NOAA 42 in the air as it's ripped apart by a raging storm growing stronger by the minute.

  • 7:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Massacre Over the Mediterranean

    Italy is stunned when Itavia Flight 870 plunges into the Mediterranean Sea, killing everyone aboard...but there are more shocks to come. A mysterious call to an Italian journalist claims the disaster was the result of a warplane missile, an accusation that will throw the investigation into turmoil. Decide for yourself what took down the commercial DC-9 on June 27, 1980 as we track three inquiries over three decades, each in search of one valid explanation for this explosive disaster.

  • 8:00pm

    Aerial America:

    Washington

    Seattle at sunset with Space Needle in foreground

    Washington is home to some of America's wildest spaces and also its most modern cities. The Evergreen State is a story of mirror opposites: a wet, mountainous, tree-covered west and a dry, flat, open east. It is home to high-tech industries and America's oldest Native American tribes. Experience all sides of Washington State, from thousands of feet in the air, and witness its conflicting worlds merging to form a land of remarkable beauty.

  • 9:00pm

    Aerial America:

    On the Water

    Water is a resource, a recreation, and a requirement for life itself. It is also a sight to behold, whether it's the product of millions of years of geological evolution or a remarkable feat of modern engineering. This aerial excursion whisks you above America's massive lakes, powerful rivers, mind-boggling glaciers, and shape-shifting wetlands as well as its man-made dams and canals. See how our interaction with water has shaped our nation's landscape and its history, and how its importance continues to ripple from coast to coast.

  • 10:00pm

    Mighty Cruise Ships:

    Carnival Vista

    Carnival Vista is the newest, largest ship to join Carnival Cruise Line, with 10 restaurants, an IMAX theater, a massive water park, and a crew of 1,400 ready to tend to the needs of its 4,600 passengers. But with a new ship comes growing pains, and on this 10-day voyage from Athens, Greece, to Barcelona, Spain, Vista's troubles begin from the very moment she leaves port. See how the captain and crew hustle to feed, move, entertain, and problem solve around the clock in order to meet their guests' great expectations aboard this mighty vessel.

  • 11:00pm

    Aerial America:

    Washington

    Seattle at sunset with Space Needle in foreground

    Washington is home to some of America's wildest spaces and also its most modern cities. The Evergreen State is a story of mirror opposites: a wet, mountainous, tree-covered west and a dry, flat, open east. It is home to high-tech industries and America's oldest Native American tribes. Experience all sides of Washington State, from thousands of feet in the air, and witness its conflicting worlds merging to form a land of remarkable beauty.

  • 12:00am

    Aerial America:

    On the Water

    Water is a resource, a recreation, and a requirement for life itself. It is also a sight to behold, whether it's the product of millions of years of geological evolution or a remarkable feat of modern engineering. This aerial excursion whisks you above America's massive lakes, powerful rivers, mind-boggling glaciers, and shape-shifting wetlands as well as its man-made dams and canals. See how our interaction with water has shaped our nation's landscape and its history, and how its importance continues to ripple from coast to coast.

  • 1:00am

    Mighty Cruise Ships:

    Carnival Vista

    Carnival Vista is the newest, largest ship to join Carnival Cruise Line, with 10 restaurants, an IMAX theater, a massive water park, and a crew of 1,400 ready to tend to the needs of its 4,600 passengers. But with a new ship comes growing pains, and on this 10-day voyage from Athens, Greece, to Barcelona, Spain, Vista's troubles begin from the very moment she leaves port. See how the captain and crew hustle to feed, move, entertain, and problem solve around the clock in order to meet their guests' great expectations aboard this mighty vessel.

  • 2:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Catastrophe at O'Hare

    Investigators photographing taped-off crash site with debris

    It was the deadliest aviation disaster in U.S. history of its time. The 1979 crash of American Airlines Flight 191 terrified a nation and nearly put the DC-10 out of commission forever. Relive the horrific crash at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport that claimed 273 lives, and see how investigators, under intense pressure from the FAA, the media, and airline companies across the globe, finally identified the cause.

  • 3:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Focused on Failure

    NTSB investigator with flashlight, at night

    Just minutes before touching down in Portland International Airport, all four engines of a DC-8 mysteriously flame out. With the aircraft dropping 3,000 feet per minute, the pilots realize they have no option but to crash land in the middle of a major American city. Witness the harrowing emergency landing of United Airlines Flight 173 in Portland, Oregon, and uncover the shocking reasons for its massive engine failure.

  • 4:00am

    World's Smallest Planes

    Pilot gives thumbs up from the cockpit of Smart-1 Jamex plane

    Watch "pilots of the puny" use their extraordinary ingenuity to create remarkable one-man flying machines. What motivates these seemingly average men, and why do they risk their lives? Soar upwards of ten thousand feet in these impressive machines, and enter the minds of these daredevil designers, builders, and pilots who create and fly the tiniest aircrafts in the world.

  • 4:30am

    When Pigs Fly

    Man flying unusual flying small machine

    If you've ever used the phrase "when pigs fly" to describe something that'll never happen, you may want to reach back into your bag of idioms. A team of flying experts has tackled the challenge of designing a pig that can actually take to the skies. To them, nothing is impossible. See the unique aerodynamics needed to get things in the air and unusual flying machines that look like doghouses, lawn mowers, and pigs.

  • 5:00am

    Carrier at War: The USS Enterprise

    Air traffic workers and plane on aircraft carrier

    Going from 0 to 150 mph in three seconds, withstanding three Gs of force, and taking off from what's often called "the most dangerous place on the planet" are just parts of everyday life for an aircraft carrier pilot-and it's no different for the crew aboard the USS Enterprise. After being stationed in the Middle East for a year, these pilots have seen heavy action in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now, finally, they're returning home. With amazing personal stories and real-time footage from missions, this is an exciting insider's peek at life onboard a wartime aircraft carrier.