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  • 6:00am

    Space Shuttle: Final Countdown

    Space shuttle Endeavor taking off

    July 21, 2011 marked the end of the space shuttle program, and with it, the end of an era. Over the last 30 years, the shuttles Atlantis, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery and Endeavour have had an enormous impact on humanity, evoking tears of wonder and sorrow, and transforming our understanding of our universe and our planet. Prepare for liftoff as we explore the shuttle program's extraordinary legacy, featuring rare, archival footage and compelling testimonies from the astronauts, NASA scientists, and designers who made it all possible.

  • 8:00am

    Mighty Ships:

    Becrux

    The Becrux, a ship

    MV Becrux is a modern day Noah's Ark, a $100-million custom-built ship designed to carry one of Australia's most important exports: livestock. Join her on her latest mission delivering 16,000 cattle and $12 million of cargo to Indonesia. The job will require 300 tons of feed and 100,000 gallons of water a day, plus a high-powered ventilation system and state-of-the-art electronics just to get moving. Add in a tight deadline, heavy traffic, and pirate-infested seas, and it makes for one intense journey.

  • 9:00am

    Mummies Alive:

    The Gunslinger Mummy

    Was he a mythic gunslinging outlaw or a destitute thieving loner? No one knows the true story of Sylvester, the petrified cowboy that now resides at a curiosity shop in Seattle. But one thing's for certain: He is one miraculously preserved mummy. Through hands-on experimentation and contributions from experts in embalming, ballistics, and the history of the American West, we explore the life and death of the man who became a legend. Then we investigate the cowboys, con men, and sideshows that played a crucial part in his incredible story.

  • 10:00am

    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.

  • 11:00am

    Supercar Superbuild:

    Lamborghini

    It's the most famous bull in the automotive industry, a brand that is synonymous with high-performance exclusivity. Since 1963, Lamborghini has chased one dream: to build exotic, handcrafted, high-end Italian machines for the ultra-wealthy. Their latest machine, the Huracan, is a 610-horsepower beast, with a top speed of 202 mph and the ability to blast from 0-60 in just 2.5 seconds. Witness its creation and the major risks and challenges the company faced to bring this sleek, stealth, $256,000 supercar from the factory to the fast lane.

  • 12:00pm

    The Real Story:

    The Hunt for Red October

    Rogue Soviet officer with pistol

    In 1975, The Sentry, a state-of-the-art Russian warship, was taken over by a rogue Soviet officer. This remarkable mutiny not only inspired the best-selling political thriller and the Sean Connery/Alec Baldwin blockbuster, "The Hunt for Red October," it almost triggered World War III. For the first time, The Real Story takes you deep into the details of the events depicted in the film, revealing firsthand accounts of bravery and tragedy from the men aboard the warship and the officers who ordered its destruction.

  • 1:00pm

    Sinking The Lusitania: An American Tragedy

    © The Library of Congress LC-USZ62-64957

    The sinking of the Lusitania and the impact it had in determining the fate of World War I is widely known. But few know the stories of the passengers and crew aboard the doomed luxury liner, or the German commander who ordered the deadly attack on May 7, 1915. Follow the final voyage of the massive ship, from her celebrated exit from New York's Pier 54 to her 18-minute plummet off the coast of Ireland. Through firsthand accounts, meet the men, women, and children who rode the "Greyhound of the Seas" into a war zone, and into history.

  • 2:00pm

    Titanic's Final Mystery

    Digital 3d rendering of the Titanic

    A century ago, the "unsinkable" Titanic plunged to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. With each passing year, the myth surrounding the ship has grown, as have arguments over why and how she met her demise. However, a recent study blows all other theories out of the water. Follow Titanic detective Tim Maltin as he shares the results of his 20-year investigation. Combining thousands of hours of eyewitness testimony with modern scientific investigation, he reveals that the real culprits may have been forces beyond human control.

  • 4:00pm

    Hindenburg: The Untold Story

    Hindenburg in flight before disaster

    Who or what brought history's most famous airship burning to the ground? Relive the tragedy that shocked the world and sent one man on a tireless mission to answer that question. Through detailed reconstruction of the events, eyewitness testimony, the memories of living survivors, and the interpretation of modern day experts, we recount this disaster and the investigation that followed.

  • 6:00pm

    Shackleton's Frozen Hell

    Ernest Shackleton and his crew in rowboat in foggy water © Making Movies Ltd gebrueder beetz filmproduktion 2012

    In 1914, the world's first trans-Antarctic expedition came to a cold stop. Trapped in ice just 60 miles from their destination, explorer Ernest Shackleton and his crew found themselves in a dire situation that would play out as a two-year battle against starvation, sub-zero conditions, and the threat of being swallowed by the unforgiving Southern Ocean. Witness this incredible story of courage and survival, fueled by ship captain Frank Worsley's exceptional navigational skills, the crew's resiliency, and Shackleton's cool-headed leadership.

  • 7:00pm

    Hell Below:

    Atlantic Showdown

    A Nazi U-boat heading back for repairs unintentionally cruises right into the middle of a large Allied convoy on March 16, 1943. It is a lucky accident that sets the stage for the largest convoy battle of World War II. Relive this momentous chapter in the war for the Atlantic, an intense game of chess pitting Admiral Karl Donitz's wolf pack against a battered British Navy. It's a three-day showdown with unparalleled violence and unexpected outcomes that will turn the tide of the war.

  • 8:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Grand Canyon

    Investigator photographing downed plane in Grand Canyon

    Two commercial airliners go missing over the Arizona desert, and are later found in pieces, scattered along the Grand Canyon floor. It's 1956, and air disaster examiner Jack Parshall is pressed for answers. There are no black boxes or any of the advanced technology used by modern day investigators. And all he has to go on are plane fragments and his own expertise. See how Parshall and his team of experts literally pieced the accident together, and how their findings helped transform air travel as we currently know it.

  • 9:00pm

    Mighty Planes:

    Nolinor 737

    She's the "Workhorse of the North," powering through the vast Arctic region, where conditions can turn deadly in seconds. Nolinor Aviation's 737-200 C is a combination cargo and passenger aircraft, delivering essential food, equipment, and workers to Meadowbank, the coldest mine on Earth. The gold mine depends on this super hauler four times a week, but common temperatures of minus 50 degrees often wreak havoc on the aircraft and her missions. Follow her on a typical job, which poses challenges that are anything but routine.

  • 10:00pm

    Sacred Sites:

    Petra

    In the rocky highlands of Jordan and the deserts of Saudi Arabia lie the remains of two remarkable cities, Petra and Hegra, built by the Nabataeans over 2,000 years ago. The story of this lost kingdom has faded from history, but thanks to ancient inscriptions and recent discoveries, these rock tombs and temples are finally yielding profound secrets about the Nabataeans' way of life. Join us as we enter Sacred Sites carved from cliffs and reveal a civilization where women wielded unrivaled power for centuries.

  • 11:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Grand Canyon

    Investigator photographing downed plane in Grand Canyon

    Two commercial airliners go missing over the Arizona desert, and are later found in pieces, scattered along the Grand Canyon floor. It's 1956, and air disaster examiner Jack Parshall is pressed for answers. There are no black boxes or any of the advanced technology used by modern day investigators. And all he has to go on are plane fragments and his own expertise. See how Parshall and his team of experts literally pieced the accident together, and how their findings helped transform air travel as we currently know it.

  • 12:00am

    Mighty Planes:

    Nolinor 737

    She's the "Workhorse of the North," powering through the vast Arctic region, where conditions can turn deadly in seconds. Nolinor Aviation's 737-200 C is a combination cargo and passenger aircraft, delivering essential food, equipment, and workers to Meadowbank, the coldest mine on Earth. The gold mine depends on this super hauler four times a week, but common temperatures of minus 50 degrees often wreak havoc on the aircraft and her missions. Follow her on a typical job, which poses challenges that are anything but routine.

  • 1:00am

    Sacred Sites:

    Petra

    In the rocky highlands of Jordan and the deserts of Saudi Arabia lie the remains of two remarkable cities, Petra and Hegra, built by the Nabataeans over 2,000 years ago. The story of this lost kingdom has faded from history, but thanks to ancient inscriptions and recent discoveries, these rock tombs and temples are finally yielding profound secrets about the Nabataeans' way of life. Join us as we enter Sacred Sites carved from cliffs and reveal a civilization where women wielded unrivaled power for centuries.

  • 2:00am

    Sacred Sites:

    Egypt

    Of all the ancient civilizations, Egypt has left the greatest legacy. Its monuments all evoke one indisputable truth: Early Egyptians were obsessed with death and the afterlife. On papyrus rolls and tomb walls, they recorded spells to help the deceased pass all the tests and creatures they would encounter in the underworld. These recordings were known as the Book of the Dead. But what if this book is hiding something deeper about these ancient Egyptian beliefs? The answers could lie within one unique artifact.

  • 3:00am

    Secrets:

    A Viking Map?

    Viking sailors sailing

    The Vinland Map was allegedly created 50 years before Christopher Columbus set sail, but amazingly, it features the coast of North America. If it's authentic, it threatens to rewrite history as we know it. Join the investigation as our experts look for clues in the fabric of the map. They'll test the theory that the document is based on Viking maps created centuries before Columbus was born, and they'll name a 1930s scholar who may have faked the whole thing.

  • 4:00am

    A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America

    American flag in the wind with two soldiers with fixed bayonets

    "The Star-Spangled Banner" is known by all, treasured for its powerful melody and stirring lyrics. And yet, only about 40% of U.S. citizens know all the words. And even fewer know their meaning. Join us as we travel back to 1814, when Washington D.C. was under British attack during the "Second War of Independence," and the very bricks and mortar of American democracy were reduced to smoking rubble. We examine the battle that inspired witness Francis Scott Key to immortalize its final moments, then reveal how his poem transformed into an anthem.

  • 5:00am

    White House Revealed

    White house with red flowers

    The people who help run the world's most famous home are anonymous to the public, but the presidents know their names. From the devoted doormen to the butlers, plumbers, chefs, housekeepers, engineers, and florists, we meet the dedicated individuals who serve president after president inside one of the most powerful houses in the world.