Discovery to premiere ‘Return to the Moon: Seconds to Arrival’ on 22 April

MUMBAI: Discovery Channel has launched a special series ‘Discovery Exclusive’ which will feature differentiated content on topical global events. The special series will kick-off with a one-hour exclusive ‘Return to the Moon: Seconds to Arrival’ premiering 22nd April at 10 pm. The series will be simulcast on Discovery, Discovery HD World, Discovery Science, and Discovery Tamil Channel.

In a one-hour special, 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 the help of public and private funding.

Their attempted lunar landing was the culmination of eight years of an 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. 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,” said Discovery Communications India VP premium & digital networks Zulfia Waris.

Speaking in the show, Space Consultant & Astrophysicist Sarah Cruddas 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.”

‘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.