"Live from Space" will be broadcast on National Geographic Channel in 170 other countries.

Besides glimpses of daily life aboard the ISS, the programme will offer high-definition images of the Earth from orbit.

The show is to be hosted by Dermot O'Leary, the long-time face of British talent search program "The X Factor," who will speak live with the astronauts aboard the ISS via NASA Mission Control in Houston.

"It's already been an education to research this project and so I can't wait to join the viewers in finding out both the spectacular workings of the ISS. I simply can't wait," O'Leary said.

Professor Stephen Hawking and British astronaut Tim Peake - set to serve on the ISS in 2015 - will also make appearances on the programme.

The ISS, a $100 billion project involving more than a dozen countries, has been continuously inhabited since 2000.


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