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Parachute Problems

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While testing Curiosity’s parachute in the world’s largest wind tunnel, JPL scientists and engineers were confounded by a failed trial run. The parachute had never failed to open in the past, so why this strange anomaly? By replicating the error and analyzing it in high-resolution footage, they were able to pinpoint the problem.

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Ultimate Mars Challenge

Ultimate Mars Challenge

In its search for life beyond Earth, NASA employs a "sky crane" maneuver to land the Curiosity rover on Mars.

Can We Make It to Mars?

Can We Make It to Mars?

See new space suits, foods, and rockets that may support future Mars-bound astronauts, and meet a Mars rove...

Space Kids

Space Kids

Engineers who landed the Curiosity rover on Mars recall their early love of space.

Is There Life on Mars?

Is There Life on Mars?

The decades-long search for life on the Red Planet heats up with the discovery of frozen water.

Episodes of NOVA41

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Memory Hackers

Scientists are learning how we can edit memories—and delete our worst fears.

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Creatures of Light

Deep in the ocean, animals that flash, sparkle, and glow use light to survive in the dark.

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Himalayan Megaquake

The 2015 quake that rocked Nepal was the biggest in 90 years—can we forecast the next one?

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Mystery Beneath the Ice

What’s behind the death of a tiny creature with an outsized role in the Antarctic?

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Implanting False Memories

How to make someone believe they’ve committed a crime that never happened.

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Amazing Calendar Trick

With a dash of math, know the day of the week for any date on the calendar.

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The Hidden Fluorescent World

The proteins that make fish fluoresce could help scientists map the human brain.

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How to Find a Galaxy

Knowing the addresses of a thousand galaxies yielded a remarkable picture of our universe.

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A Rock Symphony

Robert Hazen is a geologist who plays music—two interests that have a lot in common.

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Bazaar Rocks

It’s possible to find all of Earth’s history tucked inside a market stall in Morocco.

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A Cathedral of Ice

A scientist dives beneath the surface of the frigid Antarctic ice sheet.

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The Minerals Behind Modern Life

Minerals are essential in making everything from skyscrapers tall, to mobile phones small.

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Previews of NOVA150

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Rise of the Robots Preview

How will human-like robots change our future and how we see ourselves?

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Himalayan Megaquake Preview

The 2015 quake that rocked Nepal was the biggest in 90 years—can we forecast the next one?

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Memory Hackers Preview

Scientists are learning how we can edit memories—and delete our worst fears.

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Mystery Beneath the Ice Preview

What’s behind the death of a tiny creature with an outsized role in the Antarctic?

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