The Wright Brothers at Huffman Prairie - Fascinating look into the backgrounds of Orville and Wilbur Wright as told to us by Orville’s niece and son. A great historical program as to the many attempts, failures and successes of the two American inventors of the first airplane. On December 17, 1903, the Orville brothers began to test their first airplane. It took them four tries to get the plane to fly 852 feet in 59 seconds on the pastures of Huffman Prairie in Ohio. Orville proclaimed that the flight was a success. On November 9, 1904 the Wright brothers made four complete circles with their plane. It took five minutes, and four seconds to complete the four circles of Huffman Prairie, but they were pleased with the outcome. On May 30, 1912, Orville Wright passed away at the age of 45. But, Wilbur continued what the two brothers had started in aviation. And as for the field where they flew their first plane, it is empty and quiet now, but the spirit of the place is still the same, and always be will be. 25 minutes
Deep Diving With The Russians - What lies at the bottom of the oceans? This unique documentary follows a group of scientists from Cambridge in the UK and from Russia on a voyage to explore the mysteries of the seabed over 3000 metres beneath the mid Atlantic. Using a state-of-the-art submarine they dive to observe the remarkable hydrothermal vents on the sea floor. These volcanic hot springs known as 'black smokers' may be able to reveal more about the workings of the earth, the chemistry of the oceans and even the origins of life itself. They are a fantastic new challenge to science emitting matter at several hundred degrees centigrade, giving rise to wholly unexpected forms of marine life that have evolved beyond the reach of light and heat from the Sun.This programme reveals both the challenge of deep sea research and the cultural and scientific exchange between Western and Russian scientists. 52 minutes.