Quick question: Which live broadcast sounds more appealing? A man jumping from the summit of Mount Everest wearing a wingsuit or an unmanned craft landing on the surface of the moon?
"The $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE offers all the ingredients of fantastic television; stakes, competition, big characters and mind-blowing visuals. It's the perfect project for Science Channel and Discovery Channel to partner on," said Eileen O'Neill, group vp at Discovery Channel, Science Channel and Velocity. "When the winning craft touches down on the moon's surface, it's going to trigger buzz and inspiration all over the world. Our intention is to provide a live, front-row seat to history being made, just as we did with Nik Wallenda's Skywire event and the upcoming Everest Jump Live."
According to The Hollywood Reporter
, Discovery and Science will chronicle the historic competition - which will pit teams against each other to successfully land an unmanned craft on the surface of the moon. The goal is to not only help facilitate breakthroughs in space exploration, but also inspire young scientists, engineers, and future explorers.
"More than half the world's population has never had the opportunity to experience a live broadcast from the moon," XPRIZE vice chairman and president Robert K. Weiss said in a statement. "Partnering with Discovery Channel and Science Channel will allow us to engage the public around this milestone event, creating an 'Apollo Moment' for the next generation."
Look for Discovery's latest live event to kick off sometime in 2015. Check out a promo for the competition below.