American pay-TV network Discovery Channel and ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm for German pubcaster ZDF, are preparing separate projects to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the moon.
Anchoring the projects is Discovery Channel’s multi-platform special Confessions From Space (working title; 60 minutes), which documents the 115th annual Explorers Club dinner, which will host 10 Apollo astronauts, including Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins in celebration of half a century since the first moon landing.
Additionally, the one-off special will feature private space explorer Richard Garriott, son of Skylab astronaut Owen Garriott, who hosts intimate one-on-one conversations and panel discussions with those space explorers, while also detailing the lasting impact of each celestial mission, from the technology we use on a daily basis to the new frontier of privatized space flight.
Confessions From Space will bow on Discovery and Discovery Go this summer and is produced by Discovery Channel and Seeker, a division of Group Nine Media.
Meanwhile, German factual producer ZDFE.unscripted is to premiere three space-focused projects at the MIPDoc and MIPTV markets in Cannes, France, this April.
Up first, Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion explores the secrets of the moon in the 3 x 52-minute Magic Of The Moon. The series explores how the moon was formed, its influences on Earth, and humanity’s continuous fascination with the planet. The program starts from when the moon was the only ball of light in the night-sky before arriving at the future of space travel.
Meanwhile, The Moon Landing and The Nazis (1 x 52 minutes) from Spiegel TV will examine the impact of German engineering on the U.S. race to the moon. German engineer Arthur Rudolph, along with Wernher von Braun and other engineers from Germany, helped perfect the propulsion technology by order of NASA. The special looks at the life of Rudolph and how he and other Germans were involved in the Apollo 11 mission.
Finally, Impossible Factual’s Ancient Skies (3 x 5o minutes) will utilize animation and CGI recreations to chart the cosmos as imagined by past civilizations. Through artifacts and expert testimony, the series examines how ancient civilizations combined centuries of knowledge and experimentation to accurately follow and chart celestial bodies.