A doc about SpaceX’s first all-civilian mission is coming to Netflix in September and it sounds like it’s going to be an intense watch.
Elon Musk’s space company announced the historic civilian mission back in February with Musk citing it as an “important milestone towards enabling access to space for everyone” at the time. And this new Netflix doc sounds like it will take viewers as close to the experience of actually being on the rocket in space as possible.
As per The Verge, it’s titled Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission To Space and will follow the ‘normie’ astronauts training and going into orbit in the SpaceX rocket over five episodes.
Netflix are hailing it as the first documentary series from a streaming company to cover an event in “near real-time”. So the first two episodes will be out on September 6th, with the next two arriving on September 13th and the finale currently scheduled for the end of the month as SpaceX is targeting for September 15th for the rocket launch.
The series is also in a safe pair of hands – it’s being directed by Jason Hehir, who created the Michael Jordan series The Last Dance. And that’s not all because a live-action animation special for kids and families (and me), A StoryBots Space Adventure, is planned for September 14th. That show will explain how rockets work and how the civilians will survive in space.
The mission is being led by Jared Isaacman, the CEO of Shift4payments, and is rounded out by Sian Proctor (a geosciences professor), Hayley Arceneaux (a physician assistant), and Chris Sembroski (a U.S. Air Force veteran).
Musk was beaten to having the first space tourism launch of the year by billionaire rival Jeff Bezos, who went to space with three others in July, so this all-access Netflix doc will be a nice little consolation prize. And if the Inspiration4 launch goes according to plan, other private missions which have been booked will take place.
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