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Preview thumbnail for video'The U.S. assault on Okinawa was met with an eerie silence.
The U.S. assault on Okinawa was met with an eerie silence. (3:36)
Preview thumbnail for video'U.S. Marines’ first test against Japanese defenses on Okinawa.
U.S. Marines’ first test against Japanese defenses on Okinawa. (2:55)
Preview thumbnail for video'Where does the phrase “beyond the pale” come from?
Where does the phrase “beyond the pale” come from? (1:12)
Preview thumbnail for video'A stunning and dramatic Irish island once inhabited by monks
A stunning and dramatic Irish island once inhabited by monks (1:27)
Preview thumbnail for video'These astronauts drink recycled urine to stay hydrated
These astronauts drink recycled urine to stay hydrated (1:51)
Preview thumbnail for video'Disaster strikes as two planes collide on the same runway
Disaster strikes as two planes collide on the same runway (3:40)
Preview thumbnail for video'Surviving a turbulent crash-landing on the SFO runway
Surviving a turbulent crash-landing on the SFO runway (3:24)
Preview thumbnail for video'An American U-2 reconnaissance plane is shot down during the Cuban Missile Crisis
An American U-2 reconnaissance plane is shot down during the Cuban Missile Crisis (2:13)
Preview thumbnail for video'Pilots are forced to land when their plane’s heater fails
Pilots are forced to land when their plane’s heater fails (2:25)
Preview thumbnail for video'How NASA cut costs with a new kind of spacecraft
How NASA cut costs with a new kind of spacecraft (3:04)
Preview thumbnail for video'This flying gas station can carry 200,000 pounds of fuel.
This flying gas station can carry 200,000 pounds of fuel. (1:59)
Preview thumbnail for video'KC-135 refueling crew saves fighter pilot over Afghanistan
KC-135 refueling crew saves fighter pilot over Afghanistan (1:51)
Preview thumbnail for video'A U-2 gives a helping hand to U.S. troops.
A U-2 gives a helping hand to U.S. troops. (2:42)
Preview thumbnail for video'Footage of a tense aerial battle during the Falklands War
Footage of a tense aerial battle during the Falklands War (4:40)
Preview thumbnail for video'This Marine compares flying the Harrier to riding a dragon
This Marine compares flying the Harrier to riding a dragon (1:43)
Preview thumbnail for video'The best view of the Grand Canyon
The best view of the Grand Canyon (2:29)
Preview thumbnail for video'Alaska’s glaciers take up more space than all of West Virginia
Alaska’s glaciers take up more space than all of West Virginia (4:02)
Preview thumbnail for video'What are these abandoned tanks doing in Puerto Rico?
What are these abandoned tanks doing in Puerto Rico? (1:42)
Preview thumbnail for video'Dismantling a huge howitzer for a precarious move
Dismantling a huge howitzer for a precarious move (3:28)
Preview thumbnail for video'The first step to shipping a chopper? Remove the blades.
The first step to shipping a chopper? Remove the blades. (3:41)