This week CA DEN Stars got to hang with a couple big stars as they attended a sneak preview of Discovery’s upcoming series “When We Left Earth“. We got to see a special screening of the new high-def series that chronicles 50 years of space exploration and includes space footage never seen before. Episode 2 told the stories of the Gemini missions that NASA used as preparation for the eventual Apollo missions to the moon. The mishaps and challenges that astronauts and crew faced gave even more relevance to the heroism of those involved. I couldn’t believe that one pair of astronauts sat in one of those tiny capsules for 14 days while orbiting the earth. Footage of their return showed them stumbling and walking around the aircraft carrier. These are some great stories.
As if the backdrop of the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills and the screening of the new show in the high-definition theater weren’t enough, Buzz Aldrin and Bill Nye were in the crowd. After the show Buzz did a Q&A (with a little more time spent on the A) for the crowd. His knowledge of space history and the current NASA direction was impressive. Finally we ascended to the roof to gaze up at the stars and the same moon Buzz Aldrin had walked on nearly 40 years ago.
The series premiers on June 8th and will be available on DiscoveryStreaming! There’s some great connections to history and science.