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This science and technology documentary TV show premiered in 2015. In this show, seemingly impossible feats of engineering are explored throughout the entire world. Discover how bridges that can withstand hurricane force winds and massive earthquakes are constructed over deep water in an earthquake prone zone in Greece. Learn the ins and outs of the engineering work that is done to construct such seemingly impossible structures.

Mondays 8:00 PM et/pt on Science
5 Seasons, 39 Episodes
April 13, 2015
Documentary & Biography
7.1/10
Cast: Mike Bratton
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  • The world's toughest trains conquer the deadly heights of Earth's tallest mountains thanks to cutting-edge railroads engineered to make impossible climbs and brave extreme weather.

  • The world's most incredible trains cross deadly canyons and chasms of terrifying heights thanks to expert engineering and cutting-edge technology.

  • The world's busiest cities are kept running by innovative train systems built with expert engineering and cutting-edge technology.

  • The world's fastest trains, built with expert engineering and cutting-edge technology, push the speed of railroad travel to new limits.

  • The world's toughest trains have conquered deadly jungles, deserts, and mountains, and were made possible by expert engineering and cutting-edge technology.

  • Behind every seemingly impossible marvel of modern engineering lies a cast of trailblazers who pioneered new building techniques that made it all possible. Featured are U.S. Navy's Littoral Combat Ships and the Perdido Oil Platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Behind every seemingly-impossible marvel of modern engineering is a cast of trailblazers who pioneered new building techniques that made it all possible. Featured are the Tesla Factory and London's Crossrail.

  • Behind every seemingly-impossible marvel of modern engineering is a cast of trailblazers who pioneered new building techniques that made it all possible. Featured are the Haley VI Antarctica Ice Base and the International Space Station.

  • Behind every seemingly-impossible marvel of modern engineering is a cast of trailblazers who pioneered new building techniques that made it all possible. Featured are the Tokyo Skytree and the Kansai International Airport.

  • Behind every seemingly-impossible marvel of modern engineering is a cast of trailblazers who pioneered new building techniques that made it all possible. Featured are the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and the Pioneering Spirit, the world's biggest heavy lift construction vessel.

  • The Perdido Oil Platform was the world's deepest production and drilling facility when production started in March 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico (second deepest now). It's one of the most advanced feats in modern engineering, producing 100,000 barrels of oil and 200 million cubic feet of gas each day. As a production hub for three fields, it's the first to separate oil and gas on the seafloor. This structure is as tall as the Eiffel tower and floats in some of the deepest waters in the world currently functioning in 7,800 feet of water. The three-deck topside sits atop the world's largest spar moored by nine two-mile long tethers to the seafloor.

  • Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey is the tallest roller coaster in the world and fastest in the U.S., redefining the design of all thrill rides. A catapult accelerates it to 128 mph in 3.5 seconds and a height of 456 feet with a 90-degree vertical track. This engineering colossus is one of the most innovative on the planet and features Zumanjaro: Drop of Doom, the fastest and tallest drop ride ever built at 90 mph from 415 feet. It opened to the public on May 21, 2005.

  • The Airlander 10, the world's largest aircraft, combines the latest in technology and engineering to dwarf everything else in the skies at 300 feet long by 140 feet wide. This marvel can stay airborne for five days crewed or up to three weeks unmanned and land anywhere in the world, whether on land or at sea. It's a hybrid aircraft with the best features of normal aircraft, helicopters, and, of course, airships. With no internal structure, the Airlander maintains its shape due to the pressure stabilization of the helium (1.34 million cubic feet) inside the hull, and the smart and strong Vectran material of which it's made. With a payload capacity up to 11 tons, it can cruise up to 100 miles per hour. On 17 August 2016, the first test flight took place at the aircraft's home base, Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire, England, and lasted 30 minutes.

  • The Tesla car factory is one of the largest and most innovative factories in the world. This state-of-the-art facility is the home to high-tech robots that work around-the-clock to produce thousands of cutting-edge electric cars each week.

  • The challenges of building the International Space Station are chronicled.

  • What it took to build the world's tallest freestanding tower, the Tokyo Skytree. This record-breaking marvel faces some of the most deadly disasters on the planet, and must brave earthquakes and extremely high winds.

  • Uncover what it took to build one of the most ambitious rail projects in history, London's Crossrail. This staggering feat will span over 73 miles and transport 200 million people a year around one of the world's largest and busiest cities.

  • Go inside a state-of-the-art research base located in Antarctica, the coldest continent on Earth. Halley VI is built atop giant skis on a floating ice shelf, and this innovative design helps scientists brave the dangers of this extreme environment.

  • Find out what it took to build the largest ship in the world, the Pioneering Spirit. This 900,000-ton behemoth can install oil pipelines in the world's deepest waters and features state-of-the art thrusters and mammoth lifting beams.

  • Go inside the ambitious engineering project that remade the famous Panama Canal. Billions of dollars were spent to move millions of cubic tons of earth, and ultimately, the canal will be able to accommodate the biggest ships in the world.

  • What it took to build the largest and most sophisticated radio telescope on the planet. The engineering colossus will help astronomers explore galaxies and planets billions of light years away, and might help discover extraterrestrial life.

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