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  • 6:00am

    Aerial America:

    Amazing Destinations

    The Grand Canyon

    From its Great Lakes to its Grand Canyon, its Rocky Mountain peaks to its Key West reefs, America is a land of amazing destinations. This adventure over the nation's most remarkable landscapes and landmarks captures her breathtaking beauty, while demonstrating how its sense of wonder has inspired countless artists, thinkers, and revolutionaries. Join us on this cross-country tour over iconic and unknown sights, and discover a side of America you've never seen before.

  • 7:00am

    Aerial America:

    Montana

    View of Glacier National Park

    Big skies, big adventure, and big spirits: this is Montana. It's where fertile plains collide with the Rocky Mountains and the country's fastest land mammals run the grasslands known as the American Serengeti. It's also where Lewis and Clark faced towering stone obstacles and Custer faced an even more daunting foe. This aerial journey showcases the Treasure State's mountains and milestones, its legends and landmarks, all from spectacular heights.

  • 8:00am

    Earth From Outer Space

    City lights visible from a satellite in space. Image Courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center

    In just half a century, the human population has doubled to 7.4 billion, and during that time, astronaut and satellite photos have been capturing the startling changes on our planet. See how humans have made their mark reshaping the planet in our quest for new sources of food, power, and shelter. From glimmering new megacities like Shenzhen, China to areas affected by climate change like Mt. Kilimanjaro and Florida, witness Earth's changing look--the spectacular and the shocking--from 250 miles up.

  • 9:00am

    Stories from the Vaults:

    Crystal Ball

    Barge in Panama Canal

    Tom taps into the Smithsonian's vaults and labs to gaze into the future...as we envisioned it in the 1930s and as we look forward today. First, Tom visits the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum to examine designers' visions of tomorrow via the 1939 World's Fair collection. Then, he heads to Panama to talk to scientists helping to preserve the future of the tropical rainforest.

  • 9:30am

    Stories from the Vaults:

    Going, Going, Gone

    Conservation plaster casts of a sculpture of a woman's head and shoulders

    Tom joins the Smithsonian on a mission of "extreme conservation" to protect the best aspects of our world for future generations. See the amazing amount of work that goes into saving animals from the brink of extinction, preserving a provocative work of art, or reviving a genre of music.

  • 10:00am

    Museum Secrets Revealed:

    Jerusalem

    Courtyard of Israel Museum © KENSINGTON COMMUNICATIONS INC.

    There is perhaps no other museum in the world where religion and history are as intertwined as the Israel Museum. Many of the objects here, such as the Dead Sea Scrolls, are charged with spiritual meaning, and just as many are full of secrets. Join us as we tour the galleries as well as Jerusalem's holy sights and sacred ruins. We examine a rusty nail that could change the very image of Christ on the cross, and show how an ancient archeological treasure from the past links to one of science fiction's most famous characters, Star Trek's Mr. Spock.

  • 11:00am

    Aerial America:

    California

    Stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway

    The Pacific Coast Highway of California offers spectacular views while traveling along the edge of American culture. Buckle up for a non-stop flight over the mansion William Randolph Hearst built, the town Clint Eastwood governed and the farmland where Marilyn Monroe once held the title of Miss Artichoke. We soar over beaches and wine country, across Big Sur redwoods, under the Golden Gate Bridge and into the heart and soul of this magnificent state.

  • 12:00pm

    Aerial America:

    Washington, DC

    Washington Monument at dusk

    Washington, DC, does not boast towering buildings, but its skyline still inspires awe through its history, purpose, and what happens inside its walls. Explore the Nation's Capital from above as we swoop over its monuments, memorials, historic neighborhoods, and beckoning waters. We celebrate a city of stately American symbols and turbulent history, including scandals, protests, assassinations, and battles that rocked it to its core. But through it all, D.C. has survived and thrived, proving itself a city worthy of the nation it represents.

  • 1:00pm

    Secrets:

    Jonah and the Whale

    The story of Jonah and the Whale is one of the most famous, and most mysterious, tales in the Old Testament. Recent finds by archaeologists in the ruins beneath Jonah's shrine in Iraq make a compelling argument that many of the events and characters in this biblical parable are based on fact. See treasures that date back over 2,500 years and discover a lost world where the prophet Jonah himself may have preached.

  • 2:00pm

    Secrets:

    Nefertiti

    The bust of Nefertiti from below. © Elliot Kew

    Queen Nefertiti was the most powerful woman in ancient Egypt. But few would know anything about her if it weren't for her statue, discovered in the Amarna Desert in 1912. She's since become a global icon... and a very controversial figure. Many believe the unearthing of her likeness was staged, and that the bust, currently insured for $400 million, is one of the greatest art frauds of all time. Follow our team of experts as they sort through the clues, visit the sites, and put the spectacular object to the test to solve this ancient secret.

  • 3:00pm

    The Pacific War in Color:

    Fire From The Sky

    Colorized image of a B-29 plane flying during World War II.

    Japan feels the pressure coming from all fronts in 1945--ships from the sea, boots on the ground, and fire from the sky. The Japanese Empire has been weakened, but there is no sign of surrender. Through rarely seen color combat footage and frontline stories, witness the American invasions of Peleliu, the Philippines, and Iwo Jima, in addition to the war's first organized kamikaze attacks and the deadly raid on Tokyo.

  • 4:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    F6F Hellcat

    The F6F Hellcat was built for one reason: to take on the striking force of Japan's Imperial Navy and its premier dogfighter, the Mitsubishi A6M Zero. This is the inside story of how the U.S. Navy, bruised and battered in the Pacific, tasked the engineers at Grumman's to upgrade their current fighters into faster, more agile, and unshakeable warplanes. Witness its creation and impact in the battles of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf, which helped turn the tide of war in the Allies' favor.

  • 5:00pm

    Carriers at War:

    Air Wing

    A military jet landing on the aircraft carrier USS Langley.

    The air wing is a carrier's most powerful weapon, made up of over 70 highly specialized aircraft, including helicopters, cargo planes, electronic-warfare jets, and the most potent weapon of all: its F/A-18 Hornets. Follow the pilots and crew of the USS Truman as they lead America's fight against ISIS, and look back on how the carrier and its air wing have evolved to become the centerpiece of naval strategy.

  • 6:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Disaster at Tenerife

    Air traffic controller looking through binoculars.

    Nearly half a century later, it remains history's deadliest air crash. The 1977 collision of two jumbo jets at a tiny airport in the Canary Islands horrified the world and sent investigators scrambling to understand what happened. Witness the runway disaster that claimed the lives of 583 passengers and crew. Then watch as examiners from Spain, the Netherlands, and the U.S. sift through the wreckage, the tower transcripts, and one pilot's flight log to untangle the chain of events that led to this catastrophic accident.

  • 7:00pm

    The Pacific War in Color:

    No Surrender

    The Allies celebrate the end of the war in Europe, but the Pacific War rages on. Okinawa, the last stop in the island-hopping campaign to the Japanese mainland, is absolute havoc, with Japan sending an unprecedented wave of kamikaze attacks to destroy Allied warships. Meanwhile, Australians liberate Indonesians from three years of oppressive Japanese occupation in Borneo. Witness the final battles of the Second World War, captured with rare behind the scenes film and color combat footage.

  • 8:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Death and Denial

    Illuminated tail of Egypt Air 990 at night.

    There was no distress signal, no explosion, no obvious signs of malfunction. So why did Egypt Air 990 suddenly crash into the Atlantic during what was supposed to be the calmest part of the flight? The investigation into this 1999 catastrophe would develop in two directions, mechanical failure and pilot error, and the results would fuel an international controversy that continues to this day. Reexamine this shocking and baffling air disaster as we relive the aircraft's final moments and revisit the disputed investigation.

  • 9:00pm

    Mighty Planes:

    Ilyushin 76TD-90VD

    Russia's mighty Ilyushin 76 is built military-tough to deliver heavy-duty cargo around the world, but her maiden voyage into the Arctic Circle proves to be a challenge. Follow her attempt to airlift a fleet of trucks and trailers to the Baffinland Iron Mines in a remote part of Nunavut, Canada. It's a mission no other plane can pull off, and the Arctic will throw everything it has at the Ilyushin, from blinding polar storms to icy runways.

  • 10:00pm

    Air Warriors:

    MiG

    For over five decades, the Russian MiG aircraft has been American airpower's fiercest rival, taking on U.S. fighter jets in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq. But it first took flight against a common enemy: Nazi Germany. Follow the evolution of this quick, durable, and powerful menace in the skies, from its shaky start in the Second World War to its recent and deadly incarnations. See how its ongoing battle with the U.S. for air superiority has compelled both nations to develop better tactics, training, and aircraft.

  • 11:00pm

    Air Disasters:

    Death and Denial

    Illuminated tail of Egypt Air 990 at night.

    There was no distress signal, no explosion, no obvious signs of malfunction. So why did Egypt Air 990 suddenly crash into the Atlantic during what was supposed to be the calmest part of the flight? The investigation into this 1999 catastrophe would develop in two directions, mechanical failure and pilot error, and the results would fuel an international controversy that continues to this day. Reexamine this shocking and baffling air disaster as we relive the aircraft's final moments and revisit the disputed investigation.

  • 12:00am

    Mighty Planes:

    Ilyushin 76TD-90VD

    Russia's mighty Ilyushin 76 is built military-tough to deliver heavy-duty cargo around the world, but her maiden voyage into the Arctic Circle proves to be a challenge. Follow her attempt to airlift a fleet of trucks and trailers to the Baffinland Iron Mines in a remote part of Nunavut, Canada. It's a mission no other plane can pull off, and the Arctic will throw everything it has at the Ilyushin, from blinding polar storms to icy runways.

  • 1:00am

    Air Warriors:

    MiG

    For over five decades, the Russian MiG aircraft has been American airpower's fiercest rival, taking on U.S. fighter jets in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq. But it first took flight against a common enemy: Nazi Germany. Follow the evolution of this quick, durable, and powerful menace in the skies, from its shaky start in the Second World War to its recent and deadly incarnations. See how its ongoing battle with the U.S. for air superiority has compelled both nations to develop better tactics, training, and aircraft.

  • 2:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Mistaken Identity

    Man in a mission control room staring up at a screen.

    A passing civilian airliner or an attacking Iranian fighter jet? That is the question facing Capt. Rogers after his Navy cruiser, stationed in the Persian Gulf, picks up the track of an incoming plane. All attempts to contact the aircraft are unsuccessful. The rules of engagement are clear: anything approaching their vessel is to be considered a threat. But what if it's a friend and not a foe? Witness the crew's intense seven-minute race for answers, the decision they're forced to make, and the major impact it will have on the world.

  • 3:00am

    Air Disasters:

    Helicopter Down

    People boarding the Super Puma helicopter before takeoff.

    The Super Puma helicopter is the workhorse of the North Sea oil industry, able to ferry workers to and from offshore drilling platforms in the harshest of conditions. However, a January 1995 storm proves too much for one chopper, sending it spiraling into the frigid sea, and putting the lives of 18 in peril. Follow the passengers' and crew's hair-raising struggle to stay alive on a tiny raft in a vast, turbulent sea, the race for rescuers to find them, and the follow-up investigation that revealed a shocking, hidden danger.

  • 4:00am

    Apocalypse: The Second World War:

    Inferno

    Troops climb a steep hillside near the end of World War II © Tous droits réservés/CC ET C

    Unconditional Surrender. Two fateful words full of terrible implications for the Axis countries-but also for the Allies. There would be no negotiations, no Treaty of Versailles, no bargaining for territories, no concessions. The policy meant that the Axis armies had to be beaten in every city and street and field in Germany and Japan. It meant governments had to fall, war-making powers crushed, and civilians brought to taste the agony of war their leaders had unleashed on the world. This final episode follows unique and powerful footage from D-Day to Japan's final surrender on the deck of the USS Missouri. As survivors emerge from the ruins, we catch one last glimpse of little Rose and her family. She has lived to grow up in a world permanently altered by war.

  • 5:00am

    Truly Strange:

    Hidden in the Hand

    A scientist, in a room of cadavers, examining a body. Photo taken by Pieter De Vries

    Our hands have stories to tell, but can they actually inform us about our health, our personality, or how long we may live? Some claim that by studying the features in our hands, we can diagnose attributes or conditions such as cancer, schizophrenia, and even bad teeth. Does that mean there's actually merit to palm reading's predictive powers? To find out, we put palmistry -- as well as an array of experts in the fields of science, medicine, and fortune-telling -- to the ultimate test.

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