Say Cheese! Apollo’s Men of the Moon Shine this Saturday Night on Discovery

— October 11, 2018

This Saturday, Oct. 13, beginning at 6 p.m. ET, Discovery launches viewers into orbit with an immersive series of space specials commemorating the 60th anniversary of NASA. This marathon of five Apollo-focused documentaries features breathtaking footage and exclusive interviews with astronauts and ground crew staffers, shedding light on humankind’s earliest explorations into space.  Viewers can spend Saturday evening expanding their space savvy with the following specials: APOLLO ASTRONAUTS: TRAINING NASA’S MOON MEN Saturday at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT Featuring jaw-dropping NASA footage and expert interviews with Apollo space scientists, APOLLO ASTRONAUTS: TRAINING NASA’S MOON MEN explores the early days of astronaut training and explains how these pioneering pilots were selected. Directed by Elliot Weaver and Zander Weaver, this documentary features the moving story of humankind’s first journey to the lunar surface, with gripping insight into how NASA trained America’s best pilots to fly to the moon and back again.

An astronaut reaches for his safety tether in APOLLO ASTRONAUTS: TRAINING NASA’S MOON MEN

THE APOLLO EXPERIENCE: APOLLO 17 – PART 1 Saturday at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT  THE APOLLO EXPERIENCE: APOLLO 17 – PART 2 Saturday at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT This stunning two-part special is a tribute to the spirit of human exploration and our final steps on the Moon. Viewers travel back in time to 1969 for an in-depth overview of the 11 manned Apollo missions and the 24 astronauts who were the first to walk on the Moon’s surface. The special features first-hand testimonials and dialogue from the astronauts who were crucial to the success of NASA’s Apollo program. The documentary’s stunning birds-eye footage and photos offer a unique and beautiful experience of the daring missions the astronauts faced, including takeoff, arrival on the Moon, tasks such as data collection, and the descent back to our home planet.

Captain James Lovell, on the set of ABOVE AND BEYOND: NASA'S JOURNEY TO TOMORROW 

ABOVE AND BEYOND: NASA’S JOURNEY TO TOMORROW  Saturday at 9 p.m. ET / 10 p.m. PT Directed, produced, and narrated by Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy®-winning Rory Kennedy, this documentary feature shines a spotlight on NASA’s historic accomplishments in space, from the moon landing to Mars exploration to journeys to the outer edges of the solar system and beyond. ABOVE AND BEYOND: NASA’S JOURNEY TO TOMORROW also sheds light on the agency’s lesser-known area of focus: the vital role NASA has played in measuring the health of our home planet. As far as NASA may travel, its gaze has always returned to Earth, monitoring our seas and skies, our ice and sands, in an ongoing struggle to protect the planet.

Director Rory Kennedy sits in a space shuttle mockup at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas

13 FACTORS THAT SAVED APOLLO 13 Saturday at 11 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. PT With exclusive interviews, stunning visual effects, and spectacular NASA footage, this documentary examines the 13 remarkable factors that brought the Apollo 13 crew home safely. On April 13th, 1970, 180,000 miles from Earth, a malfunction left Apollo 13 leaking oxygen and in dire need of a creative solution. 13 FACTORS THAT SAVED APOLLO 13 examines the courage, ingenuity, and relentless team effort that saw NASA’s ground teams engineer solutions to overcome carbon dioxide poisoning, dehydration, and the freezing temperatures of deep space to ensure the crew's survival and safe return to Earth.

A visual representation of the distance between Earth and the Apollo 13 space shuttle from 13 FACTORS THAT SAVED APOLLO 13


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