Netflix documentary Countdown will follow SpaceX’s first civilian mission

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With five episodes airing before and after its launch in mid-September

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The first “all-civilian” mission to space is set to explode on a SpaceX rocket in mid-September, and the process of training those astronauts and (eventually) getting them into orbit is in a new five-part Netflix series. will be documented. Countdown: Inspire 4 Mission to Space.

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announced on Tuesday, Countdown It’s being billed by Netflix as the streaming company’s first documentary series to cover an event in “near real-time”. Netflix says the first two episodes will arrive on September 6th, followed by two more episodes on September 13th. The company says SpaceX is targeting September 15 for launch, and if that schedule goes, the fifth episode — the “feature-length finale” — will premiere by the end of the month. The documentary is being co-produced by Time Studios and will be directed by Jason Hehir, who created the Michael Jordan series. last Dance.

A Storybots Space Adventure, A “hybrid live-action animation special for children and families,” is also in the works and will air on September 14. The show will explain the basics of the mission, how rockets work, and how people eat and sleep in space.

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Elon Musk’s space company revealed in February the civilian mission, which will see the crew live aboard the Dragon spacecraft for five days in orbit around Earth. The CEO said at the time that he sees this as “an important milestone toward enabling access to space for everyone.” It is led by Shift4 Payments CEO Jared Isaacman, who is also using the mission to raise $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (Isaacman had previously donated $100 million to St. Jude when the mission was announced and is looking to raise another $100 million.)

SpaceX has since announced three other citizens who will join Isaacman on the trip: geosciences professor (and NASA’s two-time astronaut candidate) Sean Proctor, who will be a “mission pilot”; Hayley Arsinaux, a physician assistant and pediatric cancer survivor at St. Jude who will become the first person in space with a prosthetic body part; and US Air Force veteran (and Lockheed Martin engineer) Chris Sambrowski.

As long as everything goes according to plan, the Inspiration 4 launch will be a long-term goal for Musk and SpaceX. The company has booked at least four other private missions on its Crew Dragon capsule and one on its giant Starship rocket, which – once fully developed – will fly around the Moon and back. However, Inspiration will be the second space tourism launch of 4 years. Jeff Bezos joined three others in the first manned mission on Blue Origin’s New Shepherd rocket/capsule combination in July. And Virgin Galactic is getting closer to flying its first paying customers as soon as next year — the company’s billionaire founder Richard Branson to test the company’s SpaceShip to Cabin experience in July at the edge of space with three other company employees. rode on

However, none of these missions went into orbit, which requires far greater speed and accuracy to achieve. SpaceX has already sent the government Astronauts in orbit (and then to the International Space Station) three times.

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