The first “all-civilian” mission to space is due to launch on a SpaceX rocket in mid-September, and the process of preparing astronauts and (ultimately) entering orbit will be documented in a new five-part Netflix series called “Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission To Space”.
Announced Tuesday, “Countdown” (which is how “Countdown” is translated) was named by Netflix as the first documentary series to cover an event in “near real time.” Netflix reports that the first two episodes will air on September 6, followed by two more on September 13.
The company says SpaceX is slated to launch on September 15, and if that schedule is met, the fifth episode – the “full-length finale” – will premiere by the end of the month. The documentary is co-produced by Time Studios and directed by Jason Hehir, creator of the Michael Jordan series The Last Dance.
Elon Musk’s space company announced a civilian mission in February. As part of the mission, the crew will live in the Dragon spacecraft in orbit around the Earth for 5 days. The ship’s commander is Jared Isaacman, CEO of Shift4 Payments, who is also using the mission to raise $ 200 million for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
SpaceX has announced three more civilians to join Isaacman on the journey:
geoscience professor (and two-time NASA astronaut candidate) Sian Proctor, who will be the “mission pilot”;
Hayley Arsenault, physician assistant at St. Jude Hospital, a childhood cancer survivor who will become the first person in space to have a prosthetic body part;
U.S. Air Force veteran (and Lockheed Martin engineer) Chris Sembroski.
There is little doubt that this time, unlike the Bezos and Branson missions, the crew members will receive the famous “wings” of astronauts from NASA.