SPNI’s English cluster to commemorate Moon landing with ‘First Man’, ‘8 days to the Moon’ premiere

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MUMBAI: 50 years ago, on 20th July 1969, millions of people around the world witnessed a trio of astronauts – Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael Collin – create history, as they became the first men to step on the moon.

To commemorate this historic milestone, Sony Pictures Networks India’s (SPNI) English Cluster comprising of channels like Sony BBC Earth, AXN and Sony Pix will celebrate the big day by premiering the movie ‘First Man’ and ‘8 days to the Moon and Back’ for the first time on Indian television.

The Oscar and Golden Globe-winning film ‘First Man’, is a biography on the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on 20th July 1969. The movie, starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, will air on AXN and Sony Pix this 20th July at 1 pm and 9 pm.

In a unique initiative, Sony BBC Earth has partnered with India’s largest interactive science centre – Nehru Science Centre – to showcase its content ‘8 Days: To the Moon and Back’. The docu-series chronicles the journey of the first man to step on the moon. Students from various schools will get to witness this grand visual spectacle and hear the original and candid cockpit audio files from fifty years ago.

In addition to the on-ground leg, Sony BBC Earth has collaborated with leading radio channels across India to give the listeners a feel of one of the most dangerous and magnificent missions in history by airing the original conversation audio clips between the three astronauts. The channel also has an interesting digital campaign in place with games, facts, and stories that will leave the viewers in awe.

SPNI Marketing Head, English Cluster Rohan Jain said, “Our aim is to bring content that is not only relevant and informative but also very entertaining for the viewers. Apollo 11 was a dream mission for humanity, and we are proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary by showcasing our content strength. Sony BBC Earth’s first-of-a-kind association with Nehru Science Centre is another strategic step in engaging with the viewers by recreating the experience for them on the big screen”.

Nehru Science Center Director Shiv Prasad Khenned added, “To commemorate the monumental achievement of Neil Armstrong’s small step on moon, 50 years ago, the Nehru Science Centre is privileged to partner with Sony BBC Earth to film the historic BBC documentary “Eight Days to the Moon and Back”, which presents, with original archival footings and voices of the astronauts, the triumphs and tribulations that went into making the Apollo 11 mission a grand success. I am sure this film will excite young minds and will immensely motivate them.”


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