HISTORIA premieres “ESTACIÓN APOLO”, new channel production that reveals the decisive role played by Spain in man’s reaching the Moon

July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong lands on the Moon. His words “This is one small step for man, but a great leap for mankind” have become part of history. But what we don’t know at that moment is the decisive role played in this feat by a NASA station located in a small Spanish town of Fresnedillas de la Oliva.

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of man’s lading on the Moon, next Sunday, July 21st at 22:00, HISTORIA exclusive premiere of “Estación Apolo”, the new HISTORIA Channel documentary production, made in association with producer 100 Balas (THE MEDIAPRO STUDIO), which reveals the decisive role, and hitherto practically unknown, that Spain played in following the trajectory of Apollo 11. Using never-before-seen footage and interviews with Spanish personnel who worked at the Madrid station, the television channel addresses this eminent feat from a new and unprecedented perspective.

This is not the story of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. It’s the tale of José Manuel and Carlos, the Spanish technicians of the Apollo Station, who were responsible for controlling communications between Earth and Apollo 11 at the same time as the Eagle, the lunar module of the NASA spacecraft, touched down on the lunar surface. They were the first to hear Armstrong’s, “the Eagle has landed (the Eagle has landed)” and to see this image: the module landing on the surface of our satellite. This is their untold story.

“Estación Apolo” boasts the collaboration of a team of experts in scientific communication. The screenplay for the documentary is by Jose A. Pérez Ledo (“Órbita Laika”) and Jesús Mancebón (“Desafía tu mente”), while Pérez Ledo himself is responsible for his direction with Aitor Gutiérrez (“Órbita Laika”). “Estación Apolo” tells the story of this space station, the installation that NASA had in the Madrid town of Fresnedillas de la Oliva, and that guaranteed contact and communication with astronauts when Houston, because of the position of the planet, could not do what.

“The arrival of man on the Moon has been studied from multiple perspectives but perhaps one of the most original, and most unknown approaches is the role played by Spain in the achievement of this milestone. Using unpublished footage and testimonies from employees of the Apollo Station, HISTORIA analyzes this historical moment on the occasion of the 50th anniversary “, Carolina Godayol, General Director of The History Channel Iberia.

The premiere of “Estación Apolo”, on Sunday, July 21st at 22:00, is part of the Special – 50 years on the Moon, an exclusive program that also includes the documentary “The Nazis and the Moon Landing” on Monday July 22nd at 22:00 and “Moon Landing: The Missing Tapes” on Monday July 22nd at 23:00, productions which reveal never-before-seen audios, images and footage that reveal the incredible story of mankind’s greatest leap.

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Eutelsat America Corp. to participate in NASA’s Space Relay Partnership and Services Study

Eutelsat America Corp. has been selected by NASA for the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships-2 (NextSTEP-2) as part of the NASA Space Relay Partnership and Services Study.

The NextSTEP-2 programme seeks to establish partnerships with US companies to evaluate the incorporation of commercial elements into the future space relay services that will be provided by the agency’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Networks.

This first stage, for which Eutelsat America Corp. has been selected, is a five-month study that will examine how relay communications and navigation services can be provided on commercial platform solutions based on standards interoperable across commercial and NASA networks. The study will determine the elements required to incorporate NASA’s optical technology onto commercial spacecraft. This project could open the door to the use of Public-Private Partnerships to develop and introduce new operational capabilities for future use by NASA.

David Bair, CEO of Eutelsat America Corp., said: “We are delighted to have been selected for this study by NASA as they evaluate partnerships with commercial operators across the industry to foster the growth of the commercial satellite communications relay services market. This project could benefit future NASA missions for new and greater scientific discovery, in alignment with the NASA envisioned Next Generation Architecture. We look forward to the success of this initial stage and to continuing to work with NASA as this project grows.”

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NASA TV HD and NASA TV UHD distributed on Eutelsat satellites

Viewers from across these regions can now enjoy exceptional images from the U.S. space programme, including coverage of launches, life on-board the International Space Station, Earth views from space, deep space exploration, the solar system, Mars, replay of NASA classics such as the Apollo programme, and documentaries on NASA’s latest R&D work.

NASA TV HD is transmitted free-to-air from the popular HOTBIRD video neighbourhood at 13° East for viewers in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and via the 7° East video neighbourhood for viewers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

NASA TV UHD is also broadcast on the HOTBIRD and 7° East video neighbourhoods, as well as the FRANSAT TV platform via the EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite, for subscribers equipped with an Ultra HD-compatible TV set. The channel, produced by Harmonic, leverages Harmonic’s latest Ultra HD end-to-end media processing and delivery technologies, with image resolution levels four times higher than standard HD.


Eutelsat is the first satellite operator to make NASA TV channels accessible to a large and rapidly growing audience base across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Offering an unequalled viewing experience, the addition of NASA TV UHD underlines the continuous expansion of Ultra HD content transmitted via Eutelsat’s fleet of satellites.

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