Channel 4 to Broadcast Live from Space

To boldly go where no other broadcaster has gone before

by Mark Hodgkinson Jan 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM

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    Channel 4 to Broadcast Live from Space
    Channel 4 has detailed its ground-breaking new Live from Space Season, airing in March 2014.
    The Season will climax with a ‘major interactive TV event’ featuring a live two-hour broadcast from the International Space Station (ISS) and Mission Control in Houston as the ISS completes an entire orbit of the Earth.

    There will be three shows, in all, presented by Dermot O’Leary which will deliver never-seen-before access to NASA and get up close and personal with astronauts.

    In addition to the centrepiece live programme Live from Space: Lap of the Planet, Arrow Media will produce Astronauts: Living in Space and Astronauts: Houston We Have a Problem. These two other shows will transmit on the channel during the same week.
    3 shows make up the season
    David Glover says: “The ISS is a incredible example of humans working together. To have been granted this access by NASA to the ISS and Mission Control is a true British TV first. We hope to show what life on board is really like, what happens when things go wrong and then finally giving viewers a live lap of planet Earth.”

    The centrepiece Live from Space: Lap of the Planet broadcast from the International Space Station and Mission will interact with the astronauts onboard the ISS as they travel around the world in 90 minutes. The astronauts will share their views of planet Earth which will be beamed to TV screens in High Definition. Over the course of two hours the programme will be onboard the ISS, 250 miles above Earth, travelling at 17,500 mph.
    Around the World in ninety minutes

    Astronauts: Living in Space will be a documentary looking what it’s like to live and work in space for months at a time, through the eyes of astronauts Rick and Koichi and their families, with additional material from Mike Hopkins and other astronauts.

    In Astronauts: Houston We Have a Problem, Mission Control opens its doors to allow cameras to follow the crucial work of the flight controllers, scientists, engineers, medics who support the crew in space.

    We await exact programming dates and times but we’re looking forward to this!

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