Television

×

Discovery channel follows path to the moon of Israeli team in a one-hour exclusive ‘Return to the Moon: Seconds to Arrival’ premiering Monday April 22 at 10 pm

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2019/04/18/discovery.jpg?itok=bdtqWfk5

MUMBAI: Since the dawn of the Space Age only three countries have landed a craft on the moon, the U.S., Soviet Union and China. Now, in 2019, for the first time, a private technology company attempted to join that list. In a one-hour Discovery Exclusive special, RETURN TO THE MOON: SECONDS TO ARRIVAL, premiering Monday, April 22 at 10 PM IST, Discovery will follow the men and women of SpaceIL on its mission to land the first privately funded spacecraft on the surface of the moon. The show will also be simulcast on Discovery HD World, Discovery Science and Discovery Tamil channel.

SpaceIL was founded by three young Israeli engineers, Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari, and Yonatan Winetraub, and is one of the organizations that participated in the international Google Lunar XPRIZE, which challenged scientists to build, launch, and land an unmanned spacecraft on the moon. In 2017, SpaceIL, the lone representative from Israel, became one of the five finalists, but in 2018, Google closed the contest without naming a winner. Undeterred, SpaceIL soldiered on with help of public and private funding.

Their attempted lunar landing was the culmination of eight years of intensive collaboration between SpaceIL and Israeli Aerospace Industries. The craft, which could have been the smallest to ever land on the moon, launched as a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a two-month journey.

“This is an extraordinary story of a team which attempted to do what only nations have done before. Telling such stories of human endeavor is an integral part of our mission. It is what Discovery stands for,” said, Zulfia Waris, Vice President, Premium & Digital networks, Discovery Communications India. “The show marks the launch of a new series ‘Discovery Exclusive’ which will feature never seen before content on topical global events that are shaping our world.”

Speaking in the show, Sarah Cruddas, Astrophysicist, Space Consultant, said, “Our history of exploring the moon dates back more than 15 thousand years to when humans were first looking up and becoming aware of what lies above the earth. But it was only in the last century, that going to the moon started to turn from something which is science fiction into something that could potentially be a reality. What we’re seeing now is this pendulum shift, in terms of space. It’s no longer just about governments. It’s about individuals and private companies as well.”

DR. Philip Metzger, Planetary Scientist, University of Central Florida, added, “The biggest challenge in building spaceflight hardware is simply the experience to be able to build it.  Getting that experience, can’t be obtained any other way than by doing it. And SpaceIL started from scratch. They didn’t put a lot of thermal protection into it. It’s got minimal navigation systems. This is how they can put together a much less expensive mission. Any one thing could fail and end the entire mission. It’s either going to break or it’s going to get to the moon.

One of the greatest discoveries of the last couple of decades is that the moon has water. The water on the moon is harder than granite. It’s frozen solid ice. So, mining water on the moon is literally the same as mining a rock. And we have companies like Honeybee Robotics building the drills because the water on the moon can be split into hydrogen and oxygen: rocket fuel. There’s a lot of water. A lunar geologist has estimated that it’s enough to launch one space shuttle every day for a thousand years. That’s what is so brilliant about this SpaceIL mission. They are demonstrating we can access the resources of space, do mining and manufacturing beyond planet Earth. The moon is our launching pad to the rest of the solar system.”  

RETURN TO THE MOON: SECONDS TO ARRIVAL is produced by Discovery Studios for Discovery and Science Channel. Sandy Jaro Jarrell, Cindy Kain and Michael Hacker are executive producers for Discovery Studios. Howard Swartz and Bill Howard are executive producers for Discovery and Science Channel.

Watch the inspiring story of SPACEIL titled RETURN TO THE MOON: SECONDS TO ARRIVAL premiering Monday, April 22 at 10 PM IST will be simulcast on Discovery, Discovery HD World, Discovery Science and Discovery Tamil Channel.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/16/times_networkm.jpg?itok=K608WdhD
Times Network reduces Mirror Now MRP, launches new bouquet for English movie channels at Rs 10

MUMBAI: Times Network has revised the MRP of Mirror Now and introduced a new bouquet of three channels Romedy Now, Movies Now and MNX at Rs 10. According to the new Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO), the broadcaster has reduced the MRP of news channel Mirror Now to Rs 0.5 from Rs 2.

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/16/COLORS%20Tamil.jpg?itok=lBiR_c8M
COLORS Tamil extends fiction line-up from Monday to Saturda

On popular demand, COLORS Tamil has announced an extension in the telecast of its fiction line-up. Starting 17 August 2019, viewers can now catch their favorite show from Monday to Saturday, offering a perfect start to an entertaining weekend packed with action, drama and more.

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/16/RK-Arora.jpg?itok=OgQepPCQ
iTV Network appoints R K Arora as director - strategy and planning

Noida: In an announcement made on Friday by iTV Network, R K Arora joins as director - strategy and planning. Arora has a wealth of leadership experience of around two-and-a-half decades in the news broadcasting, spanning the entire spectrum from strategic vision and planning to execution. He has a...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/16/itv_net.jpg?itok=APVBlEN7
iTV Network gives additional charge to Varun Kohli, strengthens senior management team

MUMBAI: iTV Network on Friday announced strengthening its senior management team with CEO Varun Kohli being handed additional responsibility for print companies. Kohli is currently handling India News, NewsX, digital assets and is providing strategic direction, leading teams and strengthening...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/16/Star%20Sports.jpg?itok=qPNmXLWL
Announcement of Indian men's cricket team coach at 6PM today on Star Sports

Star Sports, India’s leading broadcaster and the ‘Home of Cricket’ to telecast the big and official announcement of the coach of the Indian Men’s Cricket Team today at 6PM on a special programming show ‘Follow the Blues LIVE’ on Star Sports 1 SD/HD. The segment on the show will witness the...

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/16/TED%20Talks.jpg?itok=c8e0-tdc
Star India distributes eco-friendly flags on account of India's 73rd Independence Day!

In an encouraging and positive endeavour towards a greener India, Star India has distributed eco-friendly National flags which have been sourced from 21Fools. With a novelty in thought, these flags are made out of waste cotton and are embedded with marigold seeds.

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/16/Shemaroo_New_Logo.jpg?itok=Nw_eSngf
Shemaroo Entertainment brings devotees closer to Lalbaugcha Raja

Shemaroo Entertainment Limited, India’s leading content powerhouse, has acquired rights for the live feed of one of the most popular Ganpati Mandals of Maharashtra-“LALBAUGCHA RAJA” for Mobile apps, Internet and DTH platforms.

Television Production House Online Content
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/16/Viacom-18.jpg?itok=7XCv0n7G
This Independence Day, Viacom18 celebrates many facets of freedom for Indians

India’s youngest and fastest growing media and entertainment network, Viacom18 celebrated the country’s 73rd Independence Day with a host of integrated campaigns that celebrated the spirit of today’s India and what independence means to its citizens.

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/16/fat.jpg?itok=lCT_SieO
Insight TV Announces Co-Production with VICE Studios for Streetkings in Jail

Insight TV, the world’s leading 4K UHD HDR broadcaster and producer of native UHD content, is announcing details of its gritty new series Streetkings in Jail, a co-production with VICE Studios, the production company from VICE. Featuring 4 x 44 minute episodes, Streetkings in Jail will launch on...

Television Production House Fiction

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories