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In April of 2010, President Barack Obama made that a manned craft would be able to orbit Mars by the mid-2030s. He presented this notion during a speech at the Kennedy Space Center and presumably, wouldn’t want to waste anyone’s time with unsupported notions especially about Mars because what’s the point? In response to this very real notion which NASA has been working on for several years now, National Geographic has created a series chronicling what life traveling to and on Mars may very well be like. The premise is the year is 2032, and mankind’s first manned mission to Mars is about to become reality. The story will follow a team of multi-cultural and variously-gendered astronauts as they become the pioneers working to make Mars home.

Inside the Daedalus in National Geographic Channels global event series MARS.  (photo credit:  National Geographic Channels/Robert Vigalsky)
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The sets from National Geographic Channels global event series MARS.    (photo credit:  National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky)
Inside the Daedalus in National Geographic Channels global event series MARS.  (photo credit:  National Geographic Channels/Robert Vigalsky)
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The sets from National Geographic Channels global event series MARS.    (photo credit:  National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky)
The sets from National Geographic Channels global event series MARS.    (photo credit:  National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky)
The sets from National Geographic Channels global event series MARS.    (photo credit:  National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky)

From Emmy Award-winning executive producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard comes MARS, epic series following bone-chilling mission to colonize the Red Planet. The show takes on the blended form of a scripted drama meshed with documentary elements showcased through feature-film caliber visual effects. The new series will present the stories of two groups: the fictional future explorers who will make that first journey, and the pioneers of today—legitimate scientists, astronauts, and strategists who are blazing the trail in space travel.

The series splices together action, science and technology to create a series that is equally entertaining for those intrigued by sci-fi.

The series splices together action, science and technology to create a series that is equally entertaining for those intrigued by sci-fi—even though Howard has staunchly expressed, “It’s not sci-fi!” in order to make clear the legitimacy of the efforts in taking man to Mars—as it is for those who admire the format of documentaries and shows focused on explorations and innovation. Within the series, each piece of technology was designed to accurately reflect the current scientific vision of how humans plan to make their way to Mars. Additionally,  the series has invited astrophysicist/space ombudsman Neil deGrasse Tyson to the plate to add further legitimacy to the series premise of speculating the realities of what traveling to Mars may be like.

MARS originally premiered on November 14th on National Geographic, so make sure you check it out for yourself, or check out the series’ two trailers above to give yourself a good idea of what it’s about first.

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