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Mars

Mars

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  • Premiered: 
    November 14, 2016
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  • Network: Nat Geo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Science Fiction
  • Tags: space, astronauts

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Plot Synopsis

Executive produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, MARS is a six-part global event series that tells the story of mankind's quest to colonize the Red Planet. Set both in the future and in the present day, this series uses scripted storytelling that focuses on Earth's first crewed mission to Mars aboard the spacecraft Daedalus and interweaves the story with a collection of interviews with the top scientific minds currently working to overcome the many obstacles that stand in the way of an eventual maiden launch. In this story, the future of space travel is funded through a corporate-public partnership of two fictional organizations: the Mars Mission Corporation (MMC), a consortium of aerospace corporations formed in 2022 and headquartered in London that builds and manages the technological hardware for the Mars program, and the International Mars Science Foundation (IMSF), which was created by a coalition of space-faring nations to carry out a mission to Mars. Daedalus' maiden voyage in 2033 is crewed by a carefully selected international crew of six uniquely qualified astronauts, including American mission commander Ben Sawyer, Korean American mission pilot Hana Seung, Spanish hydrologist and geochemist Javier Delgado, French mission physician and biochemist Amelie Durand, Nigerian mechanical engineer and roboticist Robert Foucault and Russian exobiologist and geologist Marta Kamen. Back on Earth, the MMC control team based in London includes Hana Seung's twin sister, capsule communicator (CAPCOM) Joon Seung and French CEO of the MMC Ed Grann. Once Daedalus successfully lands on Mars and sets up a preliminary base of operations, British nuclear physicist Leslie Richardson will lead a Phase 2 settlement team along with her husband, world-renowned experimental botanist Dr. Paul Richardson. In addition to Elon Musk, who allowed exclusive access to his team at SpaceX mission control as they successfully landed their Falcon 9 reusable rocket on a drone ship off the East Coast of the United States, MARS also features interviews with these scientists: Charles Bolden, NASA administrator and former NASA astronaut; Peter Diamandis, founder and executive chairman, X-Prize and co-founder and co-chairman, Planetary Resources; Neil DeGrasse Tyson, director, Hayden Planetarium at The Rose Center for Earth and Space; David Dinges, professor, department of psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania; Casey Dreier, director, space policy, Planetary Society; Ann Druyan, executive producer and writer, Cosmos; Charles Elachi, retired director, NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and professor emeritus, Caltech; Jim Green, NASA planetary science division director; John Grunsfeld, NASA associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate and former NASA astronaut; Jennifer Heldmann, NASA planetary scientist; Jedidah Isler, award-winning astrophysicist and emerging Explorer, National Geographic; Thomas Kalil, deputy director, policy, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and senior advisor, science, technology and innovation, National Economic Council; Roger Launius, associate director, collections and curatorial affairs, Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum; John Logsdon, professor emeritus, political science and international affairs, George Washington University; James Lovell, former NASA astronaut and commander, Apollo 13 mission; Stephen Petranek, author, "How We'll Live on Mars"; Mary Roach, author, "Packing for Mars"; Jennifer Trosper, Mars 2020 mission manager, JPL; Andy Weir, author, "The Martian"; and Robert Zubrin, president, The Mars Society and president, Pioneer Astronautics. On Monday, December 19, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT, Nat Geo premiered "Crossroads," the season finale of MARS. In 2037, a devastating tragedy on the colony forces everyone on Mars and Earth to question the mission. While Olympus Town tries to cope persevere, controlling groups back on Earth struggle with the decision whether to end the mission. In present day, SpaceX again attempts to pioneer the rocket technology that would help mankind reach the planet.
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On Friday, December 23, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT, Nat Geo premiered the one-hour "Making MARS" special. This behind-the-scenes episode shows the complete story of how we got to MARS, featuring interviews with producers, writers, designers, experts and more. Observe the early development of the series through narrative from the creative team. Then learn about design from Director Everardo Gout and Executive Producer Ron Howard, and explore the highly technical visual components from the perspective of Visual Effects Supervisor Russell Dodgeson. Witness the making of the most realistic and accurate depiction of Mars ever seen on film.

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