We as humans have long been asking what lies beyond. As space in all its mysterious glory continues to amaze, National Geographic is celebrating our accomplishments with a yearlong look at outer space. From the Apollo missions to SpaceX, Starstruck: A Yearlong Celebration explores more than just the cosmos.

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Starstruck A Yearlong Celebration of Space

What’s happening:

  • Today, National Geographic announced that it will embark on a new storytelling odyssey, exploring the past, present and future of space across its vast media and entertainment platforms with Starstruck: National Geographic’s Yearlong Celebration of Space.
  • This yearlong presentation of the best of space content kicked off today with the launch of the Starstruck Space Portal, National Geographic’s one-stop digital hub for all things space.
  • Culminating with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing next July and a coinciding week of blockbuster Apollo programming on National Geographic channel, Starstruck will rally National Geographic’s unrivaled portfolio of storytelling platforms around the spirit of space exploration, and the nostalgia, curiosity and feeling of limitless possibility that it brings.
  • With Starstruck, National Geographic aims to once again inspire people to “look up” by bringing the awe and wonder of space to audiences around the world.

Out-of-this-world TV Programing:

  • November 12 at 8/7c — MARS: INSIDE SPACEX shows an unprecedented glimpse into one of the world’s most revolutionary companies’ plan to make Mars home.
  • November 12 at 9/8c — Season 2 of Nat Geo’s groundbreaking docudrama MARS
  • November 12 at 10/9c — A brand-new season of EXPLORER programming will launch with a special Starstruck episode featuring space lemurs, flat earthers, and real space cowboys, premiering December 10.
  • November 12 at 11/10c — A new season of the award-winning STARTALK with Neil deGrasse Tyson
  •  MISSION TO THE SUN goes behind the scenes as NASA preps for the launch of the Parker Probe, a historic quest to explore the last great frontier of our solar system — the sun.
  • COSMOS returns this spring withCOSMOS: POSSIBLE WORLDS. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the famed pop-culture icon, astrophysicist and host of the Emmy-nominated StarTalk, returns as host of COSMOS.
  • A special week of Apollo programming in July shines a light on the grit and glory of the Apollo missions and a look at the new era of space travel and exploration.

Latest Space News, Sky Watch Guide and Stunning Photography:

  • Up-to-the-date reporting from National Geographic’s editorial team on the Starstruck news page including:
    • Live news coverage of the NASA InSight Mars landing (November 26)
    • NASA Kuiper Belt flyby (set for January 1)
    • The latest insights on the upcoming blood moon eclipse, and more
  • Exciting National Geographic magazine space content, debuting in various issues over the next year including:
    • An essay from November guest contributor Bill Nye on space sailing
    • Future features celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing
  • Monthly sky-watching guides, best space pictures of the month, and a spacecraft love letter series, starting this month on the Starstruck portal.

New Space-Themed Books, Featuring All the Wonders of the Cosmos:

One-of-a-kind Experiences and Other Interstellar Content:

  • International NG Live events with ISS commander and “View From Above” author Terry Virts, as well as COSMOS writer and producer Ann Druyan.
  • Special classroom and public events about the latest mysteries and discoveries in our universe, with partners like NASA.
  • Curated lists of the best National Geographic trips and lodges where travelers have the opportunity to experience out-of-this-world night sky events.
  • Ron Howard-curated “Places We Love” feature in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of National Geographic Traveler, recommending Earth destinations that are enhanced by our love of space.
  • Ongoing space-related research on Nat Geo’s Open Explorer platform that invites users to join in the discoveries.

What they’re saying:

  • Gary Knell, chairman of National Geographic Partners: “National Geographic has always sought to tell stories that matter, to create content that inspires others to explore the greatest depths of Earth and our universe. This year, we’re excited to set our sights on space. As we prepare to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the historic lunar landing, we’re leveraging the power and reach of National Geographic’s global media platforms and the expertise of National Geographic explorers and scientists who are actively exploring the cosmos to extend our love of space to millions around the world.”
  • Courteney Monroe, CEO of National Geographic Global Networks: “We’re thrilled to share this slate of entertaining, mind- and genre-bending space content that begs audiences to consider the worlds beyond. We can’t wait for viewers to experience the power of space exploration that’s at the heart of this year’s Starstruck storytelling across platforms, and to become as curious and inspired by the cosmos as we are here at Nat Geo.”
  • Susan Goldberg, editorial director at National Geographic Partners and editor in chief of National Geographic magazine: “From the dawn of the space age to our quest to explore Mars and beyond, National Geographic has chronicled all the wonder and promise of the cosmos. “We covered the first orbital flight in June 1962, mapped the moon in February 1969 and shared all the details of the Apollo 11 lunar landing with a special cover issue in 1969. We’re excited to continue this tradition of in-depth, high-quality space journalism over the course of the next year with Starstruck.”


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