Rookie Moonshot: Budget Mission to the Moon, premiering April 25 at 9 p.m., is the remarkable story of a small company with a huge dream — to become the first to land a privately funded unmanned vehicle on the moon.
The 60-minute special follows the Israeli nonprofit organization SpaceIL as it attempts to land its spacecraft, Beresheet, on the lunar surface. Despite the company’s best efforts, the spacecraft suffers a software glitch and crashes just hundreds of feet from the lunar surface.
Although SpaceIL doesn’t accomplish its monumental goal, it does make Israel one of only seven countries to orbit the moon. The film features exclusive behind-the-scenes access to mission control; Beresheet’s risky landing attempt; and interviews with SpaceIL’s founders, engineers and space experts to give key insights into the ambitious mission.