EXCLUSIVE: America will usher in a new era of spaceflight next week, and Discovery and Science Channel will offer a front row seat. Siblings will share live coverage of the May 27 launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and the Crew Dragon capsule that will send astronauts into space from the United States for the first time since the shuttle’s retirement space in 2011.
Space launch live: America returns to space starts at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. FL. Among the guests lined up for the program are song star Katy Perry, Mythbusters welcome Adam Savage and NASA engineer who became YouTuber Mark Rober. A quartet of current and former astronauts and NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine will offer expert information on the program, which will also include an interview with astronaut Chris Cassidy of the International Space Station – where the SpaceX mission is headed .
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Watch a promo for the launch above and SpaceX’s animation of its mission below.
“Discovery and Science Channel spent more than a year documenting SpaceX’s race to become the first private company to launch American astronauts into space,” said Scott Lewers, EVP Multiplatform Programming, Factual & Head of Content at Science. “Our special live offer offers both incredible access to the launch and expert knowledge from the founder and chief engineer of SpaceX, Elon Musk and other great aerospace professionals.”
The brother and sister nets also set up the two-hour documentary NASA & SpaceX: Journey to the future to be broadcast on May 25 at 9 p.m. PT / ET. A film crew got unprecedented access to NASA and SpaceX headquarters, giving viewers a rare glimpse of Launch Control and first-hand accounts from SpaceX founder and chief engineer, Elon Musk, Bridentstine and the astronauts in charge of the mission: Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.
Documentary reveals behind-the-scenes action with SpaceX engineering teams, NASA employees and scientists as they complete the SpaceX mission to “fly, test and repair” their way to the ISS – with the aim to finally fly to the moon and to Mars.
Chris Jacobs will host the launch special. The live broadcast and the documentary are produced in partnership with The Washington Post and editor Christian Davenport, who obtained privileged access to key players.
Storied Media Group product Space Launch Live: America Returns to Space. Aaron Fishman, Todd Hoffman and Michael Miller executive producer for Storied Media, as well as Wyatt Channell of Discovery Channel, Gretchen Eisele, Scott Lewers and Caroline Perez.
“In our two-hour documentary, we show the incredible technical and scientific exploits made by SpaceX to achieve such a historic launch in these unprecedented times of isolation,” said Lewers,