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  • 6:00am

    Islands of Creation

    In the jungles of a remote archipelago in the South Pacific, a biologist is attempting to do something Charles Darwin and Ernst Mayr never accomplished: catch evolution in the act of creating new species. Albert Uy is on the verge of an amazing discovery in the Solomon Islands, but there's a threat looming on the horizon. The islands' resources are being exploited, putting all local wildlife at risk. It's a race against time to gather the evidence necessary to prove the existence of a new species before it's lost forever.

  • 7:00am

    David Attenborough's Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates:

    From the Seas to the Skies

    Hundreds of millions of years before mammals roamed the planet, a worm-like creature known as Myllokunmingia swam the Cambrian seas. Scientists believe it to be the word's first vertebrate and the forefather of many backboned creatures we see in every environment on the planet today. Join host David Attenborough as he explores the ancient origins of the very first vertebrates. He'll investigates the key advances they developed over 500 million years to help them master the seas, colonize the land and take to the skies.

  • 8:00am

    David Attenborough's Rise of Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates:

    Dawn of the Mammals

    A mass extinction rid the world of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. With the biggest players out of the picture, the world was up for grabs, and a new branch of vertebrate would eventually take over. Join David Attenborough as he charts the fascinating story of the mammals, from their origins as tiny nocturnal forest-dwellers to their explosion in diversity and domination. Through new fossil discoveries, we chart how and when our ancestors developed hair, placentas, and milk, and laid the foundations for the major mammal groups we see today.

  • 9:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Getting Out Alive

    Is it safer to sit in the front of the plane or in the back? Should you wear natural or synthetic clothing when flying? When should you activate your floatation device if you crash at sea? Learn the secrets of air disaster survival as we examine some of aviation history's most remarkable emergency landings and evacuations. First, hear from flight crews and passengers who made it out alive. Then enter a high-tech simulator for a behind-the-scenes look at how cabin crews are trained to become survivor experts.

  • 10:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Gimli Glider

    Air Canada plane flying over Canadian prairie and Lake Ontario

    It was a brand new, state-of-the-art 767, a 95-ton flying machine that suddenly lost its ability to fly. At an altitude of over 26,000 feet, fuel pressure was low, but for the pilots of Air Canada Flight 143, the pressure was at an all-time high. How could they land a jumbo plane with no working engines? Where could they land it? Journey back to 1983 and enter the cockpit, the cabin and the control towers as witness accounts, official records, and dramatic recreations combine to bring this doomsday flight to life.

  • 11:00am

    Dangerous Flights:

    Flight From Hell

    Pilot Randy McGehee and copilot in flight

    Cory Bengtzen feels the stress of running a new aircraft delivery company when two of his pilots walk out on a job, With his company's reputation on the line, he has no choice but to deliver the plane himself. Join him and Randy McGehee as they play a deadly game of country hopscotch. Then climb into the cockpit with new pilots Kerry McCauley and Stu Sprung as they race against a tight deadline with a hurricane on their heels. For Cory and his team, these jobs feel more like kamikaze missions.

  • 12:00pm

    747: The Jumbo Revolution

    Jumbo Jet in production

    At any given moment hundreds of people are soaring above us in a 747. From the moment the very first jumbo jet took off in 1969, it has been the aircraft against which all others are judged. But its 45-year journey has been anything but smooth. This is the definitive story of the Boeing 747, from its milestones and triumphs to its turning points and disasters. Witness its history through rare archival footage and tales from pilots, engineers, designers, and passengers who were there when it all began.

  • 2:00pm

    Museum Secrets Revealed:

    Inside the Vatican

    Michelangelo paintings on the ceiling of the Vatican depicting Adam and God at the moment of creation © KENSINGTON COMMUNICATIONS INC.

    The museums of Vatican City contain some of the most remarkable objects on Earth. Raphael masterpieces, the Sistine Chapel, and tens of thousands of underexplored historical documents are distributed among nine museums rife with history. Astonishing objects embody compelling tales involving clashing egos, gory conflicts, and shocking censorship. Join us as we climb scaffolds, walk dim corridors, and examine ancient parchments and unbelievable art to uncover secrets from Rome's past and reopen chapters from history.

  • 3:00pm

    The Real Story:

    The Da Vinci Code

    Golden round scroll holder with alphabetic lock

    The Hollywood blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code" captivated audiences worldwide while outraging the Catholic Church. Its plot line, suggesting Jesus was married and fathered children, is presented as fact but how much of the movie is really true? Did da Vinci actually leave hidden clues in his paintings? Is there indeed a secret society protecting the bloodline of Christ? Join our team of real-life code breakers, Renaissance experts, and professors of religion and language as we uncover the truth behind this controversial film.

  • 4:00pm

    The Da Vinci Detective

    Close up of Da Vinci's Adoration of the Magi

    One of the only real-life characters in Dan Brown's bestseller "The Da Vinci Code," Maurizio Seracini is a controversial scientist on the trail of two fascinating unsolved mysteries. For thirty years, he has searched for a lost Leonardo Da Vinci mural unseen since the 1540s. Along the way, he has uncovered a series of magnificent Da Vinci drawings that were hidden for years. Follow along with the Smithsonian Channel as all of the clues fall into place.

  • 6:00pm

    Doomsday in Tunguska

    Earth from space with the word Tunguska superimposed on the globe

    On June 30, 1908, one of the biggest explosions in history rocked a forested region in Siberia. The theories of what happened are as widespread as the damage the fireball caused. Some speculate asteroids, space aliens and black holes were the culprit. Others focus on the earth, pinning the blame on everything from subterranean volcanoes to acclaimed physicist Nikola Tesla. Join the ongoing investigation over what caused one of the biggest explosions in history.

  • 7:00pm

    Secrets:

    Tut's Tomb

    Since its discovery nearly a century ago, archaeologists have been trying to unlock the secrets of King Tut's tomb, but many questions remain. Why does the tomb appear to be so hastily built? Why is there a strange, black mold peppering the walls? And most intriguingly, does the tomb also house the mummy of ancient Egypt's most iconic queen, Nefertiti? Travel with us to the Valley of the Kings, where Howard Carter made his spectacular discovery in 1922, as we use the latest in digital technology to solve these puzzling mysteries.

  • 8:00pm

    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.

  • 9:00pm

    Siege of Masada

    It's known as the Alamo of the ancient world, the story of a band of Jewish rebels and their final stand against the Roman Army. The siege of Masada, recorded nearly 2,000 years ago by Jewish military leader Flavius Josephus, is more than a tale of resistance against impossible odds. It's part of the founding narrative of Israel. But how much of it is true? We take a look at the events that inspired the CBS television miniseries "The Dovekeepers" and go to the site of the mountain fortress itself, uncovering new truths about this epic conflict.

  • 10:00pm

    Sports Detectives:

    The Immaculate Reception

    Sports memorabilia has grown into a multibillion dollar industry, and in the wildly popular world of football, a valuable item can go for hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more. Join the Sports Detectives on two separate missions involving football legends. First, sports host Lauren Gardner tracks the long, strange journey of Jim Brown's 1964 championship ring. Then private eye Kevin Barrows heads to Pittsburgh to find the ball involved in the most miraculous play in league history, "The Immaculate Reception."

  • 11:00pm

    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.

  • 12:00am

    Siege of Masada

    It's known as the Alamo of the ancient world, the story of a band of Jewish rebels and their final stand against the Roman Army. The siege of Masada, recorded nearly 2,000 years ago by Jewish military leader Flavius Josephus, is more than a tale of resistance against impossible odds. It's part of the founding narrative of Israel. But how much of it is true? We take a look at the events that inspired the CBS television miniseries "The Dovekeepers" and go to the site of the mountain fortress itself, uncovering new truths about this epic conflict.

  • 1:00am

    Sports Detectives:

    The Immaculate Reception

    Sports memorabilia has grown into a multibillion dollar industry, and in the wildly popular world of football, a valuable item can go for hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more. Join the Sports Detectives on two separate missions involving football legends. First, sports host Lauren Gardner tracks the long, strange journey of Jim Brown's 1964 championship ring. Then private eye Kevin Barrows heads to Pittsburgh to find the ball involved in the most miraculous play in league history, "The Immaculate Reception."

  • 2:00am

    Mighty Ships:

    Umiak I

    The Umiak I, an ice cutter

    Umiak I is the most powerful ice-breaking bulk carrier in the world, and she has to be in order to survive the rough seas and thick ice off the eastern coast of Canada. She is the lifeline to the remote Voisey's Bay Nickel Mine in Labrador. Her job is to deliver desperately needed supplies and return home with 30,000 tons of nickel concentrate, worth over $120 million. Hop aboard and join her fearless crew on a treacherous mission, featuring heavy fog, howling winds, towering waves, and volatile cargo in constant need of monitoring.

  • 3:00am

    Mighty Ships:

    FPSO Maersk Peregrino

    The FPSO Maersk Peregrino, a ship

    Years of planning, $1.5 billion in spending, and 16 million man-hours of labor have come down to this moment. Super tanker Maersk Peregrino is being converted into one of the largest, floating oil production facilities in the world. Stationed off the coast of Brazil, she'll pump, store and off-load billions of dollars worth of crude oil. But first, the crew must complete the makeover. Follow the crew as they attempt to finish an operation fraught with challenges, including strong currents, heavy winds, and even government bureaucracy.

  • 4:00am

    My Million Dollar Invention:

    Need for Speed

    What's the relation between a World War II fighter jet and the baby stroller? A Joseph Pulitzer challenge and the evolution of air travel? A heated argument and the invention of vulcanized rubber? A running shoe and a waffle iron? Unlikely inspirations, fortunate accidents, and unwavering dedication highlight the stories of four innovations that transformed transportation and ushered in the modern age. We reveal what brought these amazing ideas to life, and made billions...though not always for the inventor himself.

  • 5:00am

    Crash Test Heroes: The Dummy Revolution

    Two crash test dummies Ian A. Hunt

    They've been rammed, beaten, dropped, run over, and even decapitated, all in the name of automotive safety. Join us as we track the evolution of the crash test dummy, one spectacular car wreck at a time. We examine each member of the dummy family tree, from 1948's Thin Man, the grandfather of them all, to 1976's industry standard Hybrid III, to today's THOR, the $750,000 god of safety. We also sit in on recent crash test experiments to show how, even decades later, these heroes of the highway show no signs of slowing down.