Apollo and Beyond: Moon Missions Star in Summer CuriosityStream Coverage

The moon takes center stage in CuriosityStream's summer programming.
The moon takes center stage in CuriosityStream's summer programming. (Image credit: NASA/Ernie Wright)

NASA's drive to send humans back to the moon — as well as coverage of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing — will be showcased in new documentaries on streaming service CuriosityStream.

A 4K original documentary film called "Return to the Moon" will debut on June 13 on the streaming service. The documentary will focus on the plans being developed by NASA and other global space entities to send humans back to the moon in the coming years. In the U.S., President Donald Trump's administration wants to land astronauts on the moon by 2024, and several American companies also have lunar plans.

"From the private companies SpaceX and Blue Origin, to global superpowers China, Russia, the European Union and the United States, the most powerful individuals and nations on Earth are determined to conquer the moon and use it as a base to explore the stars," CuriosityStream said in a statement.

Related: Apollo 11 at 50: A Complete Guide to the Historic Moon Landing Mission 

This documentary will examine how humans will build permanent settlements on the moon and use in-situ resources such as helium-3, a potential source for power, the company's statement continued. 

Lunar and space content will air every Monday under an initiative nicknamed "New Moon Mondays." One example is the documentary "Hack the Moon: Unsung Heroes of Apollo," which will premiere June 24. The partnership between Sugar Films and the not-for-profit Draper Laboratory includes content from Draper's website dedicated to Apollo engineers and scientists.

"In addition, former NASA rocket scientist and CuriosityStream's brand ambassador for all things space, Kevin J. DeBruin, provides CuriosityStream fans with his expert insight on spacecraft, cosmic worlds and the universe's most sought-after secrets through social media and direct fan interactions," CuriosityStream added. "New Moon Mondays also features extraordinary documentaries on all aspects of space, including 'Living Universe,' 'Space Probes,' 'Lunar Rover,' 'The Apollo Moon Landings' and 'Mystery Signals from Space.'"

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace