- Chandrayaan - 3 #countdowntohistory will be broadcast live on National Geographic and Disney+ Hotstar on August 23, 2023 at 4 pm
- Combined with Gaurav Kapoor’s palpable excitement, the live broadcast of Chandrayaan 3 will capture India's bold attempt to launch and successfully land a rover on the south pole of the moon.
Harnessing the power of storytelling and exploration, National Geographic, with its rich legacy of over 130 years, has been on a mission to go deeper, further, and push the boundaries of how we see the world. Building upon the national pride witnessed during Chandrayaan 2’s mission in 2019, National Geographic India is all set to capture the nation's attention once again for Chandrayaan 3's planned landing. The live simulcast of Chandrayaan - 3 #countdowntohistory across National Geographic Channel and Disney+ Hotstar will begin at 4 PM on August 23, 2023, i.e., hours before Vikram’s descent on the lunar surface, which is expected to begin around 5:45 PM IST. Hosted by Gaurav Kapoor and leading space experts, the show will take viewers on a captivating journey through time and space, capturing the countdown to the final moments as India creates history.
While the live show will provide exclusive insights from eminent personalities such as astronauts Sunita Williams, and Rakesh Sharma, and S. Somanath, Chairman of ISRO about the mission's significance for India and the future of space exploration. Joining live, Srijan Pal Singh, CEO and Co-Founder of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Centre; Chris Hadfield, Former Commander Of The International Space Station and Ann Druyan, Creative Director of NASA's Voyager Interstellar Message and Emmy-winning Writer, will count down to the final moments as India creates history while shedding light on the journey to the moon. With futuristic AR VR graphics and interesting facts and trivia, the show will decode the basics of the rocket science and tech behind this mission. It will also feature informative short films on Vikram Sarabhai and his discovery of Thumba, Satish Dhawan as a visionary leader of ISRO, and an inspiring AV on Dr. Kalam.
Chandrayaan 2's live telecast on National Geographic in 2019 drew millions to the landmark event, bringing the nation together with the hope of witnessing India become the 4th country in the world to carry out a successful landing on the moon. Now, 15 years after the first Chandrayaan mission, India is again gearing up for a gripping landing on the south pole of the lunar surface with Chandrayaan 3. The live simulcast across National Geographic Channel and Disney + Hotstar will reach a larger, attentive audience cheering for India to make a successful landing. Additionally, National Geographic has released a special anthem to wish Chandrayaan 3 a successful soft landing and salute the ingenious minds at ISRO.