Space Explorers: The ISS Experience panel discussion
The largest production ever filmed in space, Space Explorers: The ISS Experience, produced by Felix & Paul Studios in association with TIME Studios, is an epic four-part immersive series that invites you to join eight astronauts on their life-changing missions aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
Join us as experts discuss this modern feat in a live virtual presentation. Find out what it’s like to direct filming taking place more than 220 miles (350 km) away and what it takes to bring space exploration to viewers on Earth.
Panelists include Félix Lajeunesse, co-founder and Creative Director of Felix & Paul Studios; Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques; Jonathan Woods, executive producer of Space Explorers: The ISS Experience; NASA astronaut Drew Morgan; and moderator William T. Harris, Space Center Houston President and CEO.
About the speakers
Mr. Lajeunesse crafts immersive and interactive experiences that are rooted in connection: viewers feel deeply moved by the places and people they see and hear, and find themselves completely involved in the moment. Throughout his career, Lajeunesse has fused that sense of immediacy with a spirit of exploration to bring the creative possibilities of 3D 360º cinematic VR, and now AR and MR, to life. Since launching Felix & Paul Studios in 2013 with Strangers with Patrick Watson, Lajeunesse has directed and co-directed several of the studio’s 21 VR experiences. These include Emmy Award–winning interactive feature The People’s House with then-president Barack Obama, original VR fiction/feature experience Miyubi starring Jeff Goldblum, and documentary series Space Explorers in collaboration with NASA.
CSA astronaut David Saint-Jacques was selected as an astronaut in 2009. He was first assigned to the Robotics Branch of the NASA Astronaut Office, then successively acted as Support Astronaut for ISS Expedition 35/36; Lead Capsule Communicator (Capcom) for ISS Expedition 38; Deputy Capcom for Cygnus-1 and Cygnus-2 ISS resupply missions; and Lead Capcom for the Cygnus-3, Cygnus-4 and SpaceX-6 ISS resupply missions. In 2016, Saint-Jacques was assigned to ISS Expedition 58/59, and on Dec. 3, 2018, he flew to the ISS for a 204-day mission, the longest Canadian mission to date. Between Dec. 3, 2018, and June 24, 2019, he circled the globe 3,264 times. During his mission, he conducted science experiments and technology demonstrations, and supported critical operations and maintenance activities. He became the fourth CSA astronaut to conduct a spacewalk and the first CSA astronaut to use Canadarm2 to catch a visiting spacecraft.
Jonathan Woods has developed exclusive, groundbreaking projects, setting the bar for innovation for over 8 years and counting at TIME. From the Emmy Award-winning A Year in Space, to the only 360-degree panorama captured from atop 1 WTC, to the work-in-progress capture of the first-ever spacewalk in virtual reality. In his role as executive producer, he is charged with leading and inspiring a diverse, global team of 35 visual journalists, producers, photo editors and filmmakers in their roles to tell the most defining and curiosity-inspiring stories.
Dr. Morgan was selected in June 2013 as one of eight members of the 21st NASA astronaut class. Following initial training, Dr. Morgan served in the EVA/Robotics Branch and the Crew Operations Branch. Morgan served as flight engineer for Expedition 60, 61 and 62 (July 20, 2019 through April 17, 2020). The crew launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard the Soyuz spacecraft. Morgan was joined by Luca Parmitano of ESA. The crew contributed to hundreds of experiments in biology, Earth science, human research, physical sciences and technology development. He also conducted seven spacewalks, totaling 45 hours and 48 minutes. Morgan’s extended stay in space will increase knowledge about how the human body responds to longer-duration spaceflight, through the various investigations he supported, including the Fluid Shifts study. His flight spanned a total of 4,352 Earth orbits.
About the series
Shot entirely in space over two years with groundbreaking technologies and exclusive access to the crew, the series offers an intimate take on the joy, wonder, and dangers of life in orbit. Discover the astronauts' unique challenges as they adapt to microgravity, perform critical science experiments and operations, and respond to potential catastrophic emergencies.
Get access to their full experience through moments of camaraderie, shared meals, and personal video logs. Finally, step out of the station with them for the first ever VR spacewalk and feel the transformative effects of floating in open space. Looking back at Earth, share the astronauts' incredible responsibility to foster hope: for humans, our planet, and life itself.
Beginning Dec. 10, watch the first episode of the series, “Adapt,” at 2 p.m. CT daily in Space Center Theater.