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National Geographic to Launch new Mini-Series ‘Mars’ that will unfold Mankind’s First Voyage to the Red Planet in Future

The show will depict the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033

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November 13, 2016: After uncountable movies and artworks on space travel and extraterrestrial science fiction, now National Geographic brings to us “Mars” which is set to release on November 14 in the US and online on 13 November globally. This mini-series unfolds mankind’s first voyage to the red planet in the future.

The show is about to depict the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033. “Mars” is scripted uniquely and has present day interviews with experts amidst everything. It works constantly with current and historic context to create a very different storytelling.

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We have been obsessed about setting our foot on the planet for a long time. This show not only tells us how heavy, reaching the planet is; but also tells us that survival on Mars will be a much more difficult task.

The six-part depiction of the journey had inputs and advice from experts and space enthusiasts like Elon Musk of SpaceX and the CEO of Tesla motors to make the production as realistic as possible, mentioned PTI. At the premiere of “Mars” in New York, Justin Wilkes, a producer at RadicalMedia revealed that the team had been granted complete access to the SpaceX team and its brilliant minds.

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX. Wikimedia.
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX. Wikimedia.

Many other people were interviewed for “Mars” other than the space enthusiasts. The effects of the journey on the human behavior and psyche were discussed by Psychologist Davis Dinges.

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The policy implications of sending colonists to unclaimed territories were revealed by Casey Dreier, the director of space policy for the Planetary Society, and Thomas Kalil, the Deputy Director at the White House Office of Science and Technology. Elon Musk said that humanity will either travel to distant planets and settle down on different planets or remain on Earth and wait for an eventual extinction.

This stellar venture brings great directors like Brian Grazer and Michael Rosenberg of Imagine Entertainment and Justin Wilkes, Jon Kamen, and Dave OConnor of RadicalMedia and Mexican filmmaker Everardo Gout under one roof to work on a semi sci-fi masterpiece.

SpaceX spaceship. Pixabay.
SpaceX spaceship. Pixabay

The production of such magnitude required unfathomable efforts. Even the scripted portions had to be realistic and thus, needed professional inputs and advice. The on-camera efforts are just the tip of the iceberg. Daniela Ciancio, the designer of the futuristic spacesuits revealed that her main inspiration was the BioSuit concept designed at MIT.

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Bobby Braun, a professor from Georgia Tech was the technical aid to keep the show realistic. He designed the spacecraft Daedalus in “Mars”.

The mini-series was shot in Morocco and Budapest. The scripted part stars various actors including Sammi Rotibi , Ben Cotton, Jihae and Alberto Ammann embarking on their maiden voyage to the red planet in 2033.

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NASA’s Probe Discovers Signs Of Water on Asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx will pass later this month just 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from Bennu, entering the asteroid's gravitational pull and analyzing its terrain.

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This Nov. 16, 2018, image provide by NASA shows the asteroid Bennu. NASA

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has discovered ingredients for water on a relatively nearby skyscraper-sized asteroid, a rocky acorn-shaped object that may hold clues to the origins of life on Earth, scientists said on Monday.

OSIRIS-REx, which flew last week within a scant 12 miles (19 km) of the asteroid Bennu some 1.4 million miles (2.25 million km) from Earth, found traces of hydrogen and oxygen molecules — part of the recipe for water and thus the potential for life — embedded in the asteroid’s rocky surface.

The probe, on a mission to return samples from the asteroid to Earth for study, was launched in 2016. Bennu, roughly a third of a mile wide (500 meters), orbits the sun at roughly the same distance as Earth. There is concern among scientists about the possibility of Bennu impacting Earth late in the 22nd century.

 

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx. Flickr

 

“We have found the water-rich minerals from the early solar system, which is exactly the kind of sample we were going out there to find and ultimately bring back to Earth,” University of Arizona planetary scientist Dante Lauretta, the OSIRIS-REx mission’s principal investigator, said in a telephone interview.

Asteroids are among the leftover debris from the solar system’s formation some 4.5 billion years ago. Scientists believe asteroids and comets crashing into early Earth may have delivered organic compounds and water that seeded the planet for life, and atomic-level analysis of samples from Bennu could provide key evidence to support that hypothesis.

“When samples of this material are returned by the mission to Earth in 2023, scientists will receive a treasure trove of new information about the history and evolution of our solar system,” Amy Simon, a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, said in a statement.

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This illustration provided by NASA depicts the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft at the asteroid Bennu. The rocky remnant from the dawn of the solar system may hold clues to the origins of life. VOA

“We’re really trying to understand the role that these carbon-rich asteroids played in delivering water to the early Earth and making it habitable,” Lauretta added.

OSIRIS-REx will pass later this month just 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from Bennu, entering the asteroid’s gravitational pull and analyzing its terrain. From there, the spacecraft will begin to gradually tighten its orbit around the asteroid, spiraling to within just 6 feet (2 meters) of its surface so its robot arm can snatch a sample of Bennu by July 2020.

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The spacecraft will later fly back to Earth, jettisoning a capsule bearing the asteroid specimen for a parachute descent in the Utah desert in September 2023. (VOA)