The Washington Post will air special live coverage of the SpaceX launch scheduled for May 27th, which will be the first time NASA astronauts will be launched into space from the United States since 2011 and the first crewed flight by a private company.
Anchored by The Washington Post’s Libby Casey, the live programming will feature Post Space Industry Reporter Christian Davenport, who has had unmatched, exclusive access throughout the leadup to the launch including the training of the astronauts and the preparations taken at the launch site.
“The Post has made an immense investment in space coverage in recent years. We’ve embedded with NASA, chronicled the resurgence of Florida’s Space Coast and more,” said Christian Davenport, space industry reporter for The Post. “This launch marks a new era in space exploration, and it’s a significant moment when we can all see astronauts fly from American soil for the first time in nearly a decade.”
The live show will air on May 27, 2020 from 3pm-5pm ET and will be available at washingtonpost.com and on The Post’s YouTube page. The launch is planned to take place at 4:32pm ET. Post science reporters and former astronauts will also join the discussion and analyze this event.
“Live programming is core to The Washington Post, and we continue to provide engaging ways for users to find the news they are looking for when it is happening,” said Director of Video, Micah Gelman. “With this live show, we can showcase the unique access Christian has to key sources in the space industry and his unparalleled reporting, as well as document this historic launch.”
In addition to the live show, The Post will air a documentary in partnership with Discovery that takes viewers behind the scenes of this space mission and includes a first-hand look at the preparation the astronauts have taken in advance of the SpaceX launch.
The documentary will air Monday, May 25 at 9pm ET/PT on Science Channel and will be rebroadcast on Tuesday, May 26th at 10pm ET/PT on Discovery.