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Life & Death In Space (Episode #104)

KQED 9: Tue, Feb 8, 2011 -- 9:00 PM

After visiting the Moon, humanity seeks to explore deep space and learn to live beyond the Earth. This requires extensive experimentation, and the building of NASA's first space station - Skylab. Thus begins a new stage in space exploration, heralding the replacement of rivalry with partnership; The International Space Station unites over a dozen nations - with Japanese, Canadian and European astronauts aiming to complete it by 2010. Meanwhile NASA's greatest asset - the Hubble Space Telescope - reveals what is waiting for us deep in space, having begun its life as NASA's most famous mistake.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Feb 14, 2011 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Feb 13, 2011 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 12, 2011 -- 5:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Feb 10, 2011 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Feb 9, 2011 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Feb 9, 2011 -- 3:00 AM

Triumph & Tragedy (Episode #103)

KQED 9: Tue, Feb 1, 2011 -- 9:00 PM

With repeated triumphs and new challenges comes increasing risk, until loss breaks the pattern. The white-knuckle suspense thriller of Apollo 13's famous near-disaster is only a triumphant prelude to darker moments ahead. The launch of the space shuttle program promises routine trips to Earth orbit for many new astronauts. But just when that promise seems fulfilled, routine shuttle launches begin to bore the public. NASA responds by training a school-teacher to fly, in order to teach children lessons from space. Christa McAuliffe's life is tragically cut short as she and the rest of the crew perish aboard the shuttle Challenger. All missions are halted. Eventually the shuttle returns to orbit, for fifteen years of successful missions until disaster strikes again with the shocking loss of Columbia. It would be the beginning of the end for the shuttle.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED World: Mon, Feb 7, 2011 -- 4:00 AM
  • KQED World: Sun, Feb 6, 2011 -- 10:00 PM
  • KQED World: Sat, Feb 5, 2011 -- 5:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Feb 3, 2011 -- 12:00 PM
  • KQED World: Thu, Feb 3, 2011 -- 9:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Thu, Feb 3, 2011 -- 2:00 AM
  • KQED Life: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 -- 8:00 PM
  • KQED 9: Wed, Feb 2, 2011 -- 3:00 AM
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