Discovery, Science to air Neil Armstrong special

The U.S. cable nets will premiere the special One Giant Leap: A Neil Armstrong Tribute on September 1, and will air other commemorative programming to mark the passing of the first man to walk on the Moon (pictured).
August 29, 2012

Discovery Channel and sister network Science will host the U.S. premiere of One Giant Leap: A Neil Armstrong Tribute, a special commemorating the passing of the famous astronaut (pictured).

A coproduction between Discovery Canada and U.S. nets Discovery Channel and Science, the special chronicles the entire Apollo 11 Moon mission and features footage from Neil Armstrong’s last public appearance, as well as interviews with his Apollo 11 crew-mates Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, and footage from the Apollo 11 archives.

One Giant Leap will air on Discovery at 8 p.m. EST/PST and at 10 p.m. EST/PST on Science, on September 1. The special will also air across Discovery’s international portfolio of networks in more than 200 countries.

Beginning on August 31, the networks will air other commemorative programming, including encore presentations of the series The Planets and Moon Machines, the one-hour special When We Left Earth and the documentary In The Shadow Of The Moon.

The news comes after U.S. net History devoted an entire day of programming to late astronaut Armstrong yesterday (August 28).

As commander of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. He died on August 24 following complications from heart-bypass surgery that he had undergone earlier this month. He was 82.

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