Scene from “Mars,” a National Geographic Channel miniseries due to air in November. Credit: National Geographic, Imagine,RadicalMedia,Robert Viglasky

Scene from “Mars,” a National Geographic Channel miniseries due to air in November.
Credit: National Geographic, Imagine,RadicalMedia,Robert Viglasky

The global event series MARS, produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, is landing on the TV watch list, premiering on the National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages this November.

National Geographic will extend the MARS storytelling in an unprecedented cross-platform effort, including a six-part digital companion prequel series.

As part of rollout activities, I am pleased to have authored the companion standalone book for National Geographic: “MARS: Our Future on the Red Planet,” on sale October 25.

Credit: National Geographic

Credit: National Geographic

You’ll find scenes from the miniseries in the book, along with some 200 color images that underscore the technical, physiological, psychological, sociological, political, biological, cultural and ethical issues that confront the human reach to the Red Planet.

Present day future

MARS, the TV miniseries, is set both in the future and in the present day. This six-part series tells the story from the vantage point of a fictitious crewed mission in 2033.

MARS envisions the future of space travel 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.
  • The International Mars Science Foundation (IMSF), which was created by a coalition of space-faring nations to carry out a mission to Mars.

The scripted portion focuses on Earth’s first crewed mission to MARS aboard the spacecraft Daedalus. Its maiden voyage in 2033 is crewed by a carefully selected international crew of six uniquely qualified astronauts.

Miniseries features international crew destined for Mars. Credit: National Geographic, Imagine,RadicalMedia

Miniseries features international crew destined for Mars.
Credit: National Geographic, Imagine,RadicalMedia

Multi-planet species?

The MARS miniseries – as does the companion book — showcases a collection of interviews with the top scientific minds currently working to overcome the many obstacles that stand in the way of eventual human missions to Mars.

Among those interviewed is Elon Musk, chief rocketeer at SpaceX:

“The future of humanity is fundamentally going to bifurcate along one of two directions: either we’re going to become a multi-planet species and a spacefaring civilization, or we’re going to be stuck on one planet until some eventual extinction event. In order for me to be excited and inspired about the future, it’s got to be the first option,” Musk says in the series.

Resources

To view a July 29th trailer for National Geographic Channel’s global event series MARS, premiering in November, go to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwUB0GYjHN0

Before MARS premiers, there will be an extensive digital virtual-reality experience available at:

www.MakeMarsHome.com

For more information on the book – Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet — to be released October 25th, go to:

https://shop.nationalgeographic.com/product/books/books/new-books/mars

Also go to Amazon at:

http://www.amazon.com/Mars-Our-Future-Red-Planet/dp/1426217587/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464284512&sr=8-1&keywords=leonard+david+mars

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