HISTORY will be playing an array of programming throughout October 2018 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (N.A.S.A.) becoming operational on October 1st 1958.
The Space Age: NASA’s Story
Wednesdays at 10:30pm from October 3 until October 24
The Space-Age: NASA’s Story offers audiences a unique chance to glimpse an astronaut’s view of spaceflight. It is an epic story of heroes and their breath-taking successes as they further humanity’s innate desire to explore. Harnessing cutting-edge technology in the name of science, they seek to develop our understanding of space, of the Earth and of ourselves. Here they are portrayed in stunning HD, in the definitive, primetime guide to NASA and its incomparable highs and lows.
Thursdays at 7:30pm from October 4 until October 18
As the planet suffers from overpopulation and climate change, we explore asteroids, the moon and mars as the next possibilities for human colonisation. With stunning CGI and expert interviews.
The Saturn V Story
Thursday October 4 at 10:30pm
In 1961 when President Kennedy pledged to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade, no one believed it could happen. In order to win the race to space, the USA would need to create a multi-billion dollar space program. Using stunning NASA footage, this inspirational film tells the story of the colossal challenges NASA faced to fulfil Kennedy’s pledge. With the accolade of flying 24 men safely to the moon, the mighty Saturn V will always be considered one of mankind’s greatest technological achievements. This is the story of the most powerful machine ever built, and the men and women who believed it could fly.
Beyond A Year in Space
Saturday October 6 at 9:30pm
The journey into Deep Space will be one of humanity’s greatest scientific achievements and it will only be accomplished through a series of bold steps. Scott Kelly’s Year in Space was one of those. Now a new generation of astronauts is training to take the next ones. Jessica Meir and Victor Glover are in line to be among the few human beings to venture out of Earth orbit – this time beyond the moon, into deep space and possibly to Mars.
Is Anybody Out There?
Saturday October 6 at 10:30pm
The recent discovery by Kepler satellite of thousands of Earth-like planets were life could be possible, has given a big boost to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence –SETI-. In 2011, for the first time ever, Kepler provided us with a census of the Milky Way. We can calculate now how many stars in the Milky Way could have a planet like ours: around a billion.
There were several unexplained and intriguing signals detected in SETI experiments. But no SETI Search has yet received a confirmed extraterrestrial signal. On the other hand, several messages have been sent into space in the hope that they will be picked up by an alien intelligence. METI -Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence- is the attempt to send messages that can be understood by an extraterrestrial civilization.
Will anyone receive these messages? Will we have an answer? But, above all, what will those who receive this message be like?
The absolute ignorance about the possible aims of an extraterrestrial intelligence is what has led some scientists to voice their misgivings about announcing our existence to extraterrestrials. In 2011, Stephen Hawkins said that, if we ever find an extraterrestrial civilization, it will be more advanced than ours and could represent a danger to our existence.
Anyway, what is clear is that, since the moment that we find evidence, our conception of the world, the life, and our own consciousness, would be profoundly transformed.
Apollo Astronauts: Training NASA’s Moon Men
Thursday October 11 at 9:30pm
How NASA trained America’s best pilots to fly to the moon and take one giant leap for mankind…
The Sky Is Not The Limit: The Chris Hadfield Story
Thursday October 11 at 10:30pm
Go behind the scenes to understand NASA training and get an incredible view of planet Earth through the eyes of an astronaut. Packed with unforgettable images of NASA’s scientific advancements and the wonders of the universe beyond, this film holds a very human story at it’s core – exploring the character, creativity and drive of one of the world’s most interesting and talented citizens – Colonel Chris Hadfield.
NASA’s 10 Greatest Achievements
Saturdays at 9:30pm from October 13 to October 20
Apollo 17: The Untold Story of the Last Men on the Moon
Saturday October 13 at 10:30pm
On the 25th May 1961, President John F. Kennedy of the United States of America committed the resources of his nation and launched PROJECT APOLLO – the greatest technological undertaking in history of mankind.
But in 1972, only two years after Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, public and political interest in Apollo had dwindled. NASA was forced to cancel their last three missions, making Apollo 17 man’s final mission to the moon.
Astronauts Eugene Cernan, Harrison Schmitt and Ronald Evans were the three brave men chosen to fly NASA’s final mission. They have been written up in history books and acknowledged by the space and scientific communities, but have never received the public recognition they truly deserved.
The World knows how the Apollo program began, but very few truly understand how it ended.Yet Apollo 17’s voyage to the moon was the crowning glory of man’s lunar exploration.
Featuring spectacular NASA footage and exclusive interviews with space scientists who worked on the Apollo programme during the 60’s and 70’s.This is the remarkable story of the determination and courage of a generation. A tribute to three brave astronauts and the thousands of men and women behind them during the final days of NASA’s Apollo program.
Days That Shaped America: Challenger
Saturday October 13 at 11:30pm
13 Factors That Saved Apollo 13
Thursdays at 9:30pm from October 18 until October 25
13 Factors That Saved Apollo 13 is a gripping tale of distant desperation and heroics. When an oxygen leak threatened the lives of three astronauts, the mission changed to getting them home safely, organised by people 200,000 miles away.
With limited power and supplies on board the aircraft, NASA teams worked around the clock to engineer creative solutions to overcome carbon dioxide poisoning, dehydration, and the freezing temperatures of deep space to ensure the crew’s survival.
Using spectacular footage, exclusive interviews with Apollo’s space scientists and stunning visual effects, this film explores 13 remarkable factors that brought the crew safely home. Explore the full story of the courage and ingenuity that cemented Apollo 13 as NASA’s finest hour.
Apollo 17: The Apollo Experience
Thursdays at 10:30pm from October 18 until October 25
Between 1968 and 1972, NASA successfully sent 24 men where no human beings had been before or have been since. Across seven Apollo landing missions 12 men walked upon the surface of the Moon
Using spectacular NASA high-definition archive footage, mission audio and rare astronaut interviews, this is a unique documentary film that comprehensively chronicles one of the greatest moments in mankind’s history; immersing the audience inside the action as it happened on the day, just over 40 years ago.
Twisted History: The Secret History of the Moon Landing
Thursday October 18 at 11:30pm
The amazing, untold story of how President Lincoln initiated a series of events that culminated in the moon landing.
We begin in the middle of the Civil war when German aristocrat, Count Von Zeppelin, meets President Lincoln and is given permission to visit the front line of the Civil War. There he encounters hydrogen balloons and is inspired to design the airship, which he gives his name to.
During WW1 Zeppelins are responsible for the world’s first strategic bombing raids and spur on the development of the airplane. In the 1920s and 1930s the two rival technologies drive each other to new heights of engineering sophistication. The crash of the Hindenburg, the biggest Zeppelin ever built, ends that battle and initiates the golden age of aviation, an era in which Howard Hughes plays a key role.
Genius: Space Race – U.S.A Vs U.S.S.R
Saturday October 20 at 10:30pm
As soon as World War II ends, another conflict begins. But this war won’t be a battle of bullets: it will be a battle of minds. The Americans and Soviets, deadlocked in the Cold War, set their sites on “the final frontier” – in the race to space, only one side can get their first.
Tank on the Moon
Saturday October 20 at 11:30pm
During the 1960s, the United States and the Soviet Union were engaged in a feverish competition: which of the two Cold War empires would be the first to set foot on the Moon?
We know who won this race, but less about a secret chapter: the Soviets may not have sent a man to the Moon, but they successfully guided two small robots by remote control from the Earth. For sixteen months between 1970 and 1973, these “Lunookhods” traveled more than thirty miles over the Moon’s surface!
Life In Outer Space
Thursdays at 7:30pm from October 25 until November 1
The scientific community is convinced that within the next decades the human being will finally have unveiled one of the greatest mysteries of the universe, is there life beyond our planet? We can’t know yet if the discovery of life will happen in our solar system or in any other remote place in the universe, what it’s clear it’s that the present generations will bear witness of a finding that could change our whole idea of the universe.
The Last Man on the Moon
Saturday October 27 at 9:30pm