Astronaut John Glenn, who died Thursday at age 95, is at the center of a special program to air Sunday on Discovery Channel. The cable channel has scheduled an encore airing of “When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions.”
The program will air Sunday, Dec. 11, at 9 a.m. ET/PT on Discovery Channel.
Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, followed up his career as an astronaut with a life in politics, including serving as a U.S. senator from Ohio from 1974-1999.
“For 50 years, America has led the world in space exploration,” Discovery notes in its announcement. “Yet the boundless void that begins just 62 miles above us has been visited by no more than 500 people. ‘When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions’ is a stunning high-definition exploration from Discovery Channel that opens up space like never before.”
The announcement adds: “The missions, the people and the triumphs of exploration are revealed in a depth of detail previously experienced only by Glenn and the other astronauts. The episode features interviews from Mercury and space shuttle astronauts including first-person accounts from Glenn and what it was like to be part of history.”