Netflix trailer Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space -Directed by Emmy Award winner Jason Hehir (The Last Dance) and billed as “the first Netflix documentary series to cover an event in near real-time, a five-part docuseries following SpaceX’s first all-civilian mission is out – and it is super exciting. Truly, an Astronaut’s delight.
This September, four civilians will launch into space for a multi-day trip orbiting Earth, targeting approximately a 575km orbit, flying farther from Earth than any human since Hubble. Led and commanded by Jared Isaacman, the founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, the SpaceX Dragon mission, named Inspiration4 Mission, will make history as the world’s first all-civilian mission into orbit.
The Inspiration4 Mission series will feature preparations and training for the mission, live coverage of the launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and footage from the Crew Dragon spacecraft — complete with its all-glass observation dome — as it orbits Earth with four passengers inside.
Check out the streaming dates and content for each show of Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission
- Monday, September 6: Meet the four civilians heading to space
- Monday, September 13: Watch them prepare
- Wednesday, September 15: Watch the live launch
- Thursday, September 30: Spend time with the crew in space
To set up the three-day mission, Shift4 Payments Jared Isaacman inked a private deal with SpaceX. Three other crew members — Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old physician assistant who will become the first bone cancer survivor in space; Dr. Sian Proctor, who will become the fourth Black female American in space; and Christopher Sembroski, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who works for Lockheed Martin — were selected through various means, and will have all of their costs covered by Isaacman.
The Shift4 Payments boss says in the trailer that it’s important for the mission “to serve a bigger purpose,” in this case a $200 million fundraising campaign for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.