Mars: National Geographic takes us on a breathtakingly expansive journey

(image via YouTube (c) National Geographic)
(image via YouTube (c) National Geographic)


The year is 2033, and mankind’s first manned mission to Mars is about to become reality. This is the story of how we make Mars home, told by the pioneers making it possible. (synopsis via YouTube)

There are a lot of people trying to get to Mars at the moment.

Not immediately of course but eventually NASA, Mars One and SpaceX all want to get people to Mars, to live, work, explore and push the boundaries of human possibility.

The aim of course is to make an multi-planetary species, freed from the bonds of Earth alone – though to be fair it has been very good to us; we however in return haven’t exactly returned the favour – and ready to fulfill a potential that has been us zip from ground-dwelling monkeys to cave dwellers to iPad-tapping 21st century denizens of the cyber world.

Who knows where we will eventually end up?

For now National Geographic, in partnership with Ron Howard and Brian Glazer, are content to take us to Mars, with a six part miniseries that wonders what an expedition to the red planet might look like in 2033.

Blending documentary and sci-fi drama to stunning effect, Mars gives us an imaginative look at what a trip of this magnitude and ambition might look like with input from a bevy of current experts including Neil DeGrasse Tyson, The Martian author Andy Weir and Elon Musk.

It’s unlikely that very many of us will make the actual trip to Mars but through this inventive, creative take on what it might be like – Ron Howard has remarked the aim was to “bring it to life in a really dramatic and cinematic way”; mission accomplished by the looks of things – we get a taste of what lies ahead for some lucky members of the human race.

Mars screens throughout November on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages around the world.

(source: io9)


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