National Geographic has announced that it will give its viewers a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the historic event in India’s space endeavors, the lunar landing of Chandrayaan-2 on September 6 at 1:30 am-2:30 am IST. The exclusive live show will be hosted by NASA astronaut Jerry Linenger who will share his experiences in space. The show will broadcast live on National Geographic and Hotstar.
Linenger said in a statement, “India’s contribution towards space exploration over the years has been instrumental in unravelling discoveries beyond earth. Chandrayaan-2 is a breakthrough mission that will enable us to understand the presence of water on the Moon. This is not to benefit India but mankind across the globe. I am excited to be witnessing this historic moment in India and will urge all to witness India making history,” he added.
Linenger is acknowledged for surviving a fire in one of the most dramatic missions in space history. He spent close to five months aboard the Russian Space Station Mir. He had earlier made an appearance as the expert witness for the Nat Geo worldwide blockbuster, One Strange Rock, which was a 10-part series and focused on the “against all odds” creation of planet Earth and of the emergence and sustenance of life on the planet.
On July 22, the ₹978 crore Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft was launched into space by India’s heavy-lift rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV Mk III). The spacecraft comprises of three segments – the Orbiter (weighing 2,379 kg, eight payloads) which will continue on its circular orbit and act as a transmission centre when the lander ‘Vikram’ (1,471 kg, four payloads) and rover ‘Pragyan’ (27 kg, two payloads) touch down on the south pole of the moon.
The show will broadcast live on National Geographic and Hotstar on September 6, 2019, at 11.30 pm IST.