Friday, June 20, 2008

GOOD TV:Landmark Series Celebrating NASA's 50th Anniversary and Recognize Important Contributions by Hispanics to the Advancement of Space Exploration

Premieres Sunday, June 29 on Discovery en Espanol

Discovery en Espanol, the leading provider of high-quality, nonfiction Spanish-language programming, presents the dramatic story of NASA's pioneering, awe-inspiring missions, in commemoration of the first 50 years of space exploration in the landmark special series WHEN WE LEFT EARTH: THE NASA MISSIONS. The special series kicks off on Sunday, June 29 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) with two consecutive episodes each night, and runs every Sunday through July 13.

In addition to the magnificent visual voyage through space and history, and as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration, Discovery en Espanol will also showcase a number of shorts featuring influential Hispanics who have made or are making important contributions to space exploration entitled "NASA en Espanol".

"From astronauts and engineers to scientists, Hispanics have and continue to make a mark on the space program. Discovery en Espanol's vignettes are meant to celebrate these remarkable individuals whose daily work plays a role on one of mankind's most ambitious enterprises," said Luis Silberwasser, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Discovery Networks U.S. Hispanic Group.

Beyond the informative shorts celebrating Hispanics in NASA, Discovery en Espanol will also feature expert commentary during each episode by Dr. Franklin Chang Diaz, the first Hispanic to go into space. Dr. Chang Diaz is a veteran of seven space shuttle missions, making him the record holder for most spaceflights by an astronaut (a record he shares with Jerry L. Ross).