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30 March 2018
Billionaire Space Club
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"Billionaire Space Club"
"Earth from Outer Space"

Sunday, April 1 Starting at 8 PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel
          For years, the world has experienced a golden age of space exploration, with more space agencies and governments involved than ever before. However, recently, some of the boldest efforts to put everyday people into space are those of private companies started by a handful of maverick billionaires including Sir Richard Branson. British physicist and broadcaster Brian Cox explores how these entrepreneurs and engineers plan to overcome the challenges of human space travel. Featuring interviews, exclusive access and behind-the-scenes footage at Virgin Galactic, XCOR, Blue Origin and Spaceport USA, BILLIONAIRE SPACE CLUB takes viewers on a journey of what’s really happening in the world of privately financed space flight.

          One of the most iconic images – the Blue Marble photograph of Earth – was taken 45 years ago by astronauts on board Apollo 17. In EARTH FROM OUTER SPACE, current astronauts use their unique perspective from space to reveal the astonishing changes on Earth since then – some so epic that they are visible from orbit. The film reveals how humans have etched their presence on Earth and takes viewers on a journey to meet some of the people affected by the changes made.  From the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro and the casino city of Las Vegas to the deserts of Jordan and the Chinese metropolis of Shenzhen, the spectacles from space are awe-inspiring and reflect how important it is to explore space, but always look back to Earth for ways to move toward the future.

Billionaire Space Club
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