2016 • National Geographic Channel
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Season 1 episodes (11)

1 Novo Mundo
In 2033, the first human mission to Mars enters the planet’s atmosphere, but the Daedalus crew faces a life-threatening emergency when the ship’s landing system goes offline. The crew’s commander risks his life as Mission Control monitors from Earth. In the present day, SpaceX is attempting to land a reusable rocket to develop the critical technology that will help humans reach Mars.
2 Grounded
The Daedalus crew battles the harsh Martian terrain to reach the safety of their pre-built base camp. A race against the clock begins when the ship commander reveals he has been injured during landing. In documentary sequences, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly undergoes an historic year-long mission on the International Space Station, revealing both the physical and emotional hardships astronauts face.
3 Pressure Drop
The Daedalus mission is in jeopardy as the crew struggles to find a shelter to protect them from radiation. The team must locate a suitable site for their settlement before their mission is cut short. In documentary segments, the European Space Agency and Roscosmos – Russia’s former federal space agency – partner to launch a probe to study the Martian atmosphere and look for signs of life on Mars.
4 Power
2037: Four years have passed since the crew landed on Mars and established its first settlement. A new crew arrives to plan for expansion and search for life, but a dust storm threatens the outpost. In present day, we look at how McMurdo Station in Antarctica serves as a modern example of how humans may settle Mars, as scientists work to determine whether life could be possible on another planet.
5 Darkest Days
In 2037, the dust storm has lasted for months, and Olympus Town’s infrastructure, along with its residents’ well-being, suffers. The psychological pressures of life on Mars reveal themselves while the crew is trapped inside the habitat. In the present day, scientists study the effects of extreme isolation to prepare for a future manned mission to Mars.
6 Crossroads
A devastating tragedy in the colony forces everyone on Mars and Earth to question the mission. While Olympus Town tries to cope and persevere, team leaders back on Earth struggle with the decision whether to end the mission. In the present day, SpaceX continues to work on pioneering rocket technology that could one day help mankind reach the red planet.
7 Making MARS
This behind-the-scenes episode shows the complete story of how we got to MARS, featuring interviews with producers, writers, designers, and experts. 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 technical visual components from Visual Effects Supervisor Russell Dodgeson.
101 Explorers of a New World
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. MARS, a Global Miniseries Event, premieres Monday, Nov. 14 at 9/8c, on National Geographic Channel.
102 BTS: On the Set of Mars
Get a peek behind the scenes and meet some of the international cast and crew on the set of National Geographic's global event series, MARS, premiering Monday, Nov. 14 at 9/8c.
103 Before Mars
Experts are working hard to get humans on the surface of Mars in a matter of decades, which begs the question: why?
104 Expedition Mars
Expedition Mars brings to life one of the greatest sagas of the space age – the epic adventures of Spirit and Opportunity – the rovers that reinvigorated NASA’s Mars program after a string of disappointments in the 1990s, and opened the Martian frontier with the first overland expeditions on another planet.

About this show

From executive producers Brian Grazer & Ron Howard, MARS is an epic series following a thrilling quest - in 2033 - to colonize Mars. In a unique blend of scripted drama and feature-film caliber visual effects, intercut with documentary sequences, the series presents what the greatest minds in space exploration are doing to make traveling to Mars a reality, and shows us the world they seek.

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Joe Murphy
November 30, 2016
TTL;DR Ambitious space missions are very dramatic on their own and don't need Nat. Geo. injecting more. TL;DR: If you want to watch a semi-factual account of a Mars mission, go watch "The Martian". However, if you aren't very attached to the physics and engineering of it, this is pretty decent as they come. Long version: From someone who actually studies aerospace engineering, it's very unrealistic (at least if the way missions are carried out today is to be any judge). From the outset, the show makes use of horrible representations of orbital mechanics and operating procedures to fulfill a contrived need for drama. Then the astronauts start taking risks that would never be allowed in the present to up the ante some more. This show also throws in virtually meaningless accounts from present day notables (Elon Musk!) that keep saying essentially "Mars is hard. We're working on it." (thanks Captain Obvious, if Mars was easy we'd already be there). This combined with the previous problems makes for a show that dresses itself like a documentary but has as less basis in reality than some soap operas.
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Milton Lau
December 15, 2020
It is okay, given much of the content is from a one sided perspective. For example, if we sent semiautonomous robots to begin building an artificial mountain, they could "work" on their own for as long as it takes to build it. The objective is to build a plateau just short of Low Mars Orbit, so visitors can land safely, and leave safely. Eventually a proper mechanized Space Elevator would be installed to enable more efficiency in the comings and goings. Then the danger element would be elimin
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David Larsen
November 12, 2016
From the beginning the "acting" falls like a lead weight into a supermassive black hole. It's atrocious and you couldn't care less about the smug self-satisfied expressions on their faces. Human arrogance at its finest. Twaddle like this is the reason we can justify genocide against our fellow Earthlings who don't happen to share our DNA blueprint, endless natural resource theft, habit destruction, over-hunting and fishing, and limitless human population growth.
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