NHK Japan’s $6.5 Million “Cosmic Shore”: A space science coproduction that compares favorably with billionaire-funded space tourism

The hyped rocket jaunts by Jeffrey Bezos and Richard Branson remind me of the combination of publicly-funded Space Science and broadcasting revealed in my COSMIC SHORE Case Study from Japan.

Public broadcaster NHK developed a $100K space camera for a US$6.5 million coproduction with PBS‘s NOVA strand.

Their mission: capture the edge of our world, where Earth’s atmosphere meets space, for their poetically-titled Cosmic Shore project.

Astronaut / camera operator Satoshi Furukawa

CASE STUDY