National Geographic to air live special from International Space Station

National Geographic to air live special from International Space Station

PanARMENIAN.Net - National Geographic Channel is heading into outer space. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the cable network is set to air a live special from the International Space Station and Mission Control in Houston in March, the entertainment news agency reported.

Aptly titled Live From Space, the two-hour program will feature orbiting astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata, with notable NASA engineer Mike Massimino appearing down on earth. The space station duo will conduct a tour of the $100 billion facility and experiments from the floating laboratory.

Nat Geo's move, which coincides with an order for a second Inside Combat Rescue and finalizing plans for its Miracle Landing on the Hudson special, comes as the cable network makes a bigger push into event programming. Previous ratings success has come with SEAL Team Six: The Hunt for Osama Bin Laden, Inside 9/11, The 80s: The Decade that Made Us and Bill O'Reilly histories Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln.

Space has been a ratings boon to others as well. In 2012, Discovery saw its highest-rated daytime program ever when Felix Baumgartner made a live jump from the stratosphere in front of an average 4.2 million viewers. Mark Burnett's space competition, a reality show where contestants vie for a seat on Sir Richard Branson's commercial spaceline, also recently landed at NBC after a bidding war.

“Everyday at NGC our team tries to reach for the stars,” said NGC president Howard T. Owens. “Now we are literally able to do it. We are honored to have secured such amazing access to the station and the astronauts living there, and are exhilarated by the tremendous challenge to show Earth live.”

Live From Space, produced by Arrow Media, will coincide with Fox's Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey. The broadcast special is a joint venture between Fox and Nat Geo.

“We’re thrilled to be making this unique event for NGC Worldwide,” said Arrow Media creative director Tom Brisley. “The technological and logistical challenges of broadcasting live from space may be enormous, but there’s no bigger buzz than creating mind-blowing content that works in micro gravity, on the world’s largest spacecraft.”

Nat Geo is making Live From Space, as well as Memorial Day's Inside Combat Rescue: The Last Stand and June's Miracle Landing on the Hudson, a multi-channel event. All three will also air on Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo. Additionally, Live From Space will simulcast in the U.K. on Channel 4. The network is plotting a second screen experience for Live From Space where viewers can interact with Mastracchio and Wakata.

EPS on Live From Space are Arrow's Al Berman and Sally Dixon and Nat Geo's Madeleine Carter.

As for the other projects, Nat Geo has released clips of both Inside Combat Rescue and Miracle (below). The latter will be the first special to focus on the passengers of US Airways Flight 1549, which famously crash-landed in the Hudson River without a single casualty thanks to efforts of Captain Sully Sullenberger.

 Top stories
Passengers flying from Yerevan and onwards will enjoy a quick and convenient transfer at Hamad International Airport.
Six members of the Avetisian family, including a 2-year-old girl, were found dead on January 12, 2015, in their home in Gyumri, Armenia.
“94 out of 124 pregnant women, 982 out of 1230 patients with acute respiratory viruses are under supervision,” the Minister stated.
2 more people died from H1N1 swine flu: the patients were admitted to the hospital with bilateral pneumonia on January 9.
Partner news