Discovery & Science Channel to Air NASA & SpaceX Launch


Discovery and Science Channel have partnered with The Washington Post to capture and broadcast live the NASA and SpaceX launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft, which will carry the Crew-1 astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

This will mark the first official mission launching astronauts to the ISS onboard SpaceX’s reusable spacecraft and rocket, paving the way to commercial space travel. The multiplatform Space Launch Live: Crew-1 Lift Off event will simulcast live on both coasts in the U.S. on November 14, on Discovery and Science Channel.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 mission will launch astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration astronaut Soichi Noguchi from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The astronauts will arrive at the ISS to join NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, as well as Expedition 64 commander Sergey Ryzhikov and flight engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, both of the Russian space agency Roscosmos.

Hosted by TV personality Chris Jacobs, the live broadcast will feature expert commentary from current and former astronauts, including Peggy Whitson, Leland Melvin, Mike Massimino and Garrett Reisman, top engineers and other special guests, including adventurer and avid explorer Josh Gates. Journalist David Kerley will also return as part of the reporting team.

Space Launch Live: Crew-1 Lift Off is produced for Discovery Channel by Storied Media Group. In addition to watching the return on Discovery and Science Channel, viewers can stream it live by downloading the Discovery GO app.

Scott Lewers, executive VP of multiplatform programming for factual and head of content at Science, said: “We are thrilled to once again have such incredible access that can only be found on Discovery and Science Channel. For this moment of international unity and hope, we will bring our viewers together to witness a spectacular celebration of space exploration”

David Cho, business editor at The Washington Post, said: “At The Washington Post, we are committed to providing authoritative and compelling coverage of the universe and our place in it. Together with Discovery, we look forward to bringing viewers closer to this momentous launch. Christian’s deep knowledge of the space industry will help viewers better understand the event and what it means for the future of space travel.”