National Geographic has announced a multiyear project that will document NASA’s return to the moon.
Named for Greek mythology’s goddess of the moon, NASA’s ‘Artemis’ program has a trailblazing ambition: a woman will step on the lunar surface for the first time.
Nat Geo’s coverage of the event will include a landmark series, Return to the Moon (w/t) to air on the Disney-owned network, and the brand’s approach will be comprehensive, using all of its print and digital storytelling platforms to invest in extensive, multiyear coverage.
Return to the Moon is produced for National Geographic by Lightbox. co-founders of Lightbox, two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn (Man on Wire , Searching For Sugar Man, LA 92) and two-time Emmy Award-winning producer Jonathan Chinn (LA 92, American High, Whitney), together with Emmy-nominated producer Suzanne Lavery (Cajun Navy, The Traffickers) join as executive producers. Sundance Award-winning filmmaker Jerry Rothwell (How to Change the World and The Reason I Jump) will serve as series director. Return to the Moon will air on National Geographic around the world.
The series will shoot on 4K in prime lenses and blend NASA’s own recordings to immerse viewers in the action. Shooting across four years – from now until the lunar landing launch – Return to the Moon will follow the full progress of the mission, through Artemis I’s orbit of the moon, Artemis II’s crewed flight around the Moon and ultimately Artemis III’s lunar landings and return to Earth.
As for the cross-platform approach, following the model of the magazine’s coverage of the early days of the Apollo program, National Geographic will report and photograph in the labs and in the field for major milestones. The brand’s digital and social media platforms will be utilized to provide audiences with an immersive, multimedia experience, giving them a unique behind-the-scenes look. The digital news stories, features and podcasts told along the way will culminate in a special issue of the magazine once the mission is officially off the ground.