My Season 1 review of Ron Howard’s ‘Mars’ on the National Geographic channel gave a flavor of what was to come in the way of science and adventure on our actual initial journey to Mars via NASA’s Orion program coming in the 2030s. Astronaut explorers/scientists and their adventures to come are successfully and realistically portrayed in this dramatic TV series presentation.
Season 2 will air on the National Geographic channel on November 12 at 9 Eastern time/8 Central time. See the Season 2 trailer here.
This new season brings industry and science together in an uncomfortable, evolving struggle for necessary co-existence with different priorities and goals. Christopher Columbus was an explorer, a paid one, by Queen Isabella of Spain. It was all about finding a better route to the East so that Spain could profit from a quicker, lower cost trade route; human exploration has always been about profitability vs. science, exploration, idealism.
This new season also has elements of what Greenpeace does on Earth. Love and protection of the Planet vs. industry needs to provide better products and solutions to humanity while making a profit to survive by taking what they need from that planet. Science and explorers want to improve humanity while maintaining the planet’s integrity. Compromise and finding common goals must be achieved in order to successfully co-exist.
We will see the many challenges and great unknowns that exist on Mars which does have an atmosphere but is not a planet like Earth. We cannot necessarily perform the same tasks on Mars with the same methods as we do on Earth. The rules are far different on Mars and we must be patient and proceed slowly, cautiously, and with new innovations, tools and methods that will properly suit this mysterious Red Planet. The process can be dangerous if we rush to achieve our goals with pressure from financial investors on both sides. We will see this dynamic play out in a realistic, scientific, and well researched portrayal of what is to come in the 2030s actual landing on Mars and what the future will hold for these explorers.
Humans are shown in a struggle to maintain relationships and everyday living normalcy on Mars as they had on Earth; this is not to be. Adaptation can be difficult, but necessary. Creativity can help to achieve some level of familiarity and comfort which they had on Earth.
Thanks to National Geographic for bringing reality to the screen in this dramatic presentation that will stimulate the minds of all of us. See my article on Getting to the Core: NASA InSight Mars Mission 2018; Insight will be landing on Mars on Monday November 26 in a scientific effort to study the heart of the Red Planet.
Insight (Image courtesy of NASA)
The lava tubes shown in this National Geographic series, with Ron Howard’s direction and hybrid storytelling, will actually be studied by this spacecraft.
I must admit that I did not see the ending coming that concluded this Season 2. You will be surprised—wait for it—-wait for it……….!
Want to dig deeper into our future as a space-faring race? Check out these other articles from AspenCore's “The Road to Mars” Special Project:
- Special Project: The Road to Mars — Half the diameter of Earth, with a nearly identical day/night cycle, Mars beacons to us across the distance as a place we might one day be able to call our second home.
- Why We Should Try for Mars — Sending a manned expedition to Mars, and ultimately establishing a colony there, is fraught with difficulties while promising great rewards.
- The Hardest Thing About Living on Mars… Will Be Us! — If you establish a base on Mars and someone from another organization comes over and steals your marbles or kicks over your sand castle, who are you going to call and what are you going to do about it?
- How Electronics Sourcing Practices Impact the Journey to Mars — Hardware is only one element in highly-complex space operations but sourcing electronic components for aerospace applications leaves little room for error.
- Mars Demands Component, Packaging & Design Trifecta — The harsh environment of Mars can be daunting, but aerospace companies are leveraging proven technology to make ruggedized systems.
- My Astronaut Training for Mars — In addition to simulated space missions, Max got to experience the effects of walking on the moon and tumbling in a 3-axis simulator.