Soledad O'Brien has joined National Geographic Channel's upcoming global television event "Live from Space" as host and co-executive producer, according to an emailed media announcement from NGC on Feb. 19, 2014. The program that takes viewers into orbit will air live on Friday, March 14, 2014 (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT) on National Geographic Channel (NGC).
Emmy winning journalist Soledad O’Brien (CNN, NBC News, HBO) will broadcast live from Mission Control in Houston during the program, taking viewers into orbit, literally circling the globe, to offer a unique perspective on astronaut life and work aboard the ISS.
The program follow astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata from the ISS. Astronaut Mike Massimino (most notably known for fixing the Hubble Telescope) will keep viewers grounded with O’Brien live from Houston. The ISS orbits Earth every 90 minutes, meaning NGC will quite literally take viewers through space on a trip around the world. The program includes incredible scenes of the planet from sunrise to sunset, including city lights, the blue aurora and shooting stars. Mastrochio and Wakata will also share the secrets of what life is like the microgravity of a space lab.
"Live from Space" will air live on Mar. 14 on the National Geographic Channel in the U.S. and in 170 other countries, and on Channel 4 in the U.K. It will also simulcast on NGC’s Spanish-language network in the U.S., Nat Geo MUNDO.
"Live from Space" follows the premiere of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" on Sun., March 9 at 10 p.m. on 10 U.S. networks including Fox, National Geographic Channel, FX, FXX, FXM FOX Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo Mundo and Fox Life. "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" will encore on Mon., Mar. 10 on National Geographic Channel with bonus content and behind the scenes footage.
“With more than 25 years of live television experience, Soledad is the perfect partner for this incredibly exciting television moment,” said NGC president Howard T. Owens. “We are ecstatic to have her join us to bring to life the thrilling pulse of this live broadcast.”
“It’s an honor to be the host and co-executive producer of such an ambitious and important event. I’m thrilled to further my relationship with my partners at National Geographic to tell the untold story that unfolds above the sky each day,” said O’Brien. “For those that were thrilled by Gravity, I think they’ll be even more impressed by the incredible work being done every day aboard the ISS and the tremendous risks and sacrifices the astronauts undertake. We will get to witness the greatest show beyond earth.”
O’Brien will return to the network in May as moderator of the National Geographic Bee, the National Geographic Society’s annual geography competition for fourth- through eighth-graders.
"Live from Space" is created by Arrow Media. Creative director and executive producer at Arrow Media is Tom Brisley; Arrow Media executive producers are Al Berman and Sally Dixon. For National Geographic Channel, executive producer is Madeleine Carter, vice president of production is Char Serwa, senior vice president, production & development is Noel Siegel; executive vice president of programming and strategy is Heather Moran; and president is Howard T. Owens.