Discovery, Discovery Plus to showcase ‘Space Launch: America Returns to space’

Discovery, Discovery Plus to showcase ‘Space Launch: America Returns to space’

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Kolkata, May 30 : Discovery and Discovery Plus has announced their plans to document history in the making at the NASA launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule on Saturday from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The event marks the first crewed space mission to be launched into orbit from US soil since 2011. Space Launch: America Returns to Space, a multiplatform event, would take viewers inside the launch, set to be showcased on Discovery, Science Channel on June 8 at 2100 hrs.

Viewers could also stream the show by downloading the Discovery Plus app. The multiplatform event would also feature some of the biggest names in entertainment with appearances by global superstar Katy Perry, TV and Internet personality Adam Savage, former NASA engineer and YouTube sensation Mark Rober and other surprise celebrity guests.

It would also include expert insight by former astronauts Mike Massimino and Karen Nyberg; active astronauts Jessica Meir and K Megan McArthur and; NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine as well as an interview with Astronaut Chris Cassidy from the International Space Station (ISS).

''Discovery and Science Channel have spent over a year documenting SpaceX’s race to become the first private company to launch American astronauts into space. Our special offers both incredible access for the launch, and expert insight from SpaceX Founder and Chief Engineer Elon Musk and other leading aerospace professionals. In our two-hour documentary, we show the unbelievable engineering and scientific feats achieved by SpaceX in making such an historic launch happen,'' , Executive Vice President of Multiplatform Programming, Factual & Head of Content, Science Scott Lewers said.

''In these unprecedented times of isolation, we are excited to bring our viewers together to experience this event in a way they won’t see anywhere else, in the comfort of their own homes,'' Lewers further said. The multiplatform event would take viewers along the mission to launch veteran astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the ISS on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft. The mission, known as Demo-2, would use a Falcon 9 rocket, also built by SpaceX, to propel it. Discovery and Science Channel coverage would feature commentary from astronauts, engineers and other special guests, as well as unprecedented coverage during launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. (UNI)