Channel 4 is taking one giant leap for TV broadcasting this March with a new Live from Space Season, hosted by Dermot O'Leary and featuring contributions from professor Stephen Hawking.
The broadcaster is donning its space suit and heading skywards for a groundbreaking trio of shows that will give viewers extensive access to NASA and its fearless astronauts.
The season will include Live from Space: Lap of the Planet, a two-hour show live from the International Space Station (ISS) which will follow ISS as it completes an entire orbit of earth.
An hour-long documentary we reveal what it's really like to live and work in space, while Houston We Have a Problem will see Mission Control open it's doors to reveal how its specialists work around the clock to anticipate and deal with potential incidents and emergencies – basically, how they avoid situations like Sandra Bullock gets into in blockbuster film Gravity...
During the season, astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata will speak via live link from the ISS, while on the ground Mike Massimo, Mike Hopkins, Tim Peake, Dr Shannan Moynihan and Dr Mike Barratt will join Professor Steven Hawking in contributing to the programmes.
All of the shows will be presented by Dermot O'Leary (because he's experienced hanging out with stars... on the X Factor?) who has said he "simply can't wait" for the season, saying: "Like most of my Star Wars/Trekkie generation, space has always held a fascination."
David Glover, head of specialist factual at Channel 4, said: "The International Space Station is an incredible example of humans working together. To have been granted this access by NASA to the ISS and Mission Control is a true British TV first. We hope to show what life on board is really like, what happens when things go wrong and then finally giving viewers a live lap of planet Earth."
Live from Space Season will air on Channel 4 in March