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Nat Geo readies “Mission Saturn”

National Geographic is scheduling a one-off documentary which will highlight the historic mission of the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn. Mission Saturn (1 x 60 minutes) will look at Cassini’s mission ...
August 22, 2017

National Geographic is scheduling a one-off documentary which will highlight the historic mission of the first spacecraft to orbit Saturn.

Mission Saturn (1 x 60 minutes) will look at Cassini’s mission and include same-day footage as it comes to its end on Sept. 15. This mission has endured risks and lasted a decade longer than expected as it shed light on Saturn’s moons, such as Titan and Enceladus, which may contain the essentials to foster life.

The doc will also spotlight the NASA team that envisioned exploring Saturn deeper than ever before, with access to NASA’s Jet Propulsion laboratory in California.

On Sept. 15, Cassini will dive into Saturn’s atmosphere, and send back to Earth one final signal before crashing into the ringed planet.

Interest in Cassini’s final mission is high among broadcasters, with PBS set to air Death Dive to Saturn in its ‘Nova’ strand on September 13, and Discovery Channel in Canada airing Saturn: Inside the Rings, produced in-house by Exploration Production, also on the day of Cassini’s sign-off.

Misson Saturn airs Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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