With depressing news from that week in November that we wish we could strike from history, it seems terribly apt to want to punch the eject button from Earth and live on another planet. Sadly, that won’t be possible until 2033 – at least that’s what Mars, the new National Geographic mini-series, says.
Part-documentary, part-dramatization in the style of Interstellar and The Martian, Mars, which shows tonight at 9PM on the National Geographic Channel, explores the very real possibility of a manned colonization of the Red Planet.
The six-part miniseries features interviews from the leading minds in space exploration – NASA engineers, SpaceX CEO and Founder Elon Musk, The Martian author Andy Weir, and The Mars Society to name a few – as well as scripted dramatizations starring Ben Cotton, South Korean-born singer Jihae, and executively produced by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard.
Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect from National Geographic’s foray into a new kind of storytelling:
Scifi No More
The first episode seems promising: in 2033, the spaceship Daedalus is on the mission to land human beings on the surface of Mars for the first time. Landing, while definitely not easy, is a walk in the park compared to what the six-person crew needed to do – make sure that living on the Red Planet is feasible.
Interspersed with interviews and scenes from 2016, Mars makes real the idea that living on another planet is no longer stuff for sci-fi: man’s great ambition is coming into fruition sooner than expected. Already, Elon Musk is projecting humans in Mars by 2022. That means that Mars is not a prophesy, but rather an explained blueprint on how to make that happen. Suddenly all those hours on Mass Effect and Starcraft feel more like practice for when we’re finally spacebound.
Check out Mars tonight at 9PM on the National Geographic Channel. If you want to experience a more interactive Martian encounter, drop by the BGC activity center in front of Fully Booked for the Mars Booth and find out if you have what it takes to be a crew on Daedalus.
#AreYouReady to #MakeMarsHome?