Nat Geo’s new season of ‘Mars’ to show how mankind will live on Red Planet

MUMBAI: Star India-owned infotainment channel National Geographic is all set to premiere the second season of ‘Mars’ on 17 November at 9 pm. The series will also stream on video on demand (VoD) service Hotstar.

The six-episodic hybrid format alternating scripted and documentary sequences will predict what life will be like on the Red Planet forecasted by what’s happening today on Earth. National Geographic has partnered with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard to envision what might happen when Earthlings become the planet’s first Martians.

The first season of the series showcased how mankind will survive one of its greatest adventure -the journey to another planet. Backed by the research and technology available as of today, space pioneers showcased how the journey to Mars will unfold.

The new season picks up after this background and highlights the actual problems humans will face as they try to survive on a completely new planet. It highlights a very important question – when becoming interplanetary, are humans doomed to repeat the same mistakes they made on Earth?

On the scripted front, the series tackles seemingly everyday occurrences – pregnancy, breakups, new romances, epidemics, breakdowns, power outages, injuries, exercise, mealtimes and socializing. But when they occur approximately 54.7 million isolated kilometres from Earth – where there is no escape – they are anything but ordinary.

On the documentary front, present-day vignettes draw parallels to the future happenings on Mars by looking at some of the dire issues facing Earth’s last frontier – the Arctic. This includes a spectrum of events that currently are compromising life on Earth – and could plague us in the future as we become an interplanetary species: drilling, glacial melting, rising sea level, and indigenous health epidemics which surface when the permafrost melts.

The experts once again navigate the audience through the struggles and opportunities awaiting humans on Mars. This elite group includes some of the biggest names in human exploration, technology, the environment and social science, such as SpaceX CEO Elon Musk; former Nasa Chief Ellen Stofan; theoretical physicist and futurist Michio Kaku director of space policy at the Planetary Society Casey Dreier; oil and energy expert Antonia Juhasz and author, activist and journalist on climate change Naomi Klein.

“In ‘Mars’, everything as simple as the quotidian, like personal hygiene and meals, requires greater effort and is exponentially more difficult in this foreign frontier of limited resources where new rules are often written on the fly. Leaving Earth ensures long-term human survival, and we have the technology and spirit to get there, but what will it actually take to live there? ’Mars’ is a six-to-nine month trip one way…so before we get there, we better make sure we can permanently make it our own,” said ‘Mars’ co-executive producer, scientific advisor and author of ‘How We’ll Live on Mars’ Stephen Petranek.

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