I have viewed the first season of a National Geographic TV show based upon Stephen Petranek’s book, “How We’ll Live on Mars” (Simon & Schuster/TED, 2015). The book and the TV series discusses Petranek’s belief that people will be living on Mars within the next 20 years.
‘Mars’ is scripted, however, so that during each episode there are cut-aways to documentary-style discussion by actual scientists and thinkers who describe the reality of our endeavor to the Red Planet. As an engineer, I really love the fact that the scripted aspects of the show rigorously follow science and the latest in space travel technology. Ron Howard (“Apollo 13”) and Brian Grazer, from Imagine Entertainment and RadicalMedia, are among the executive producers. Listen to Ron Howard in the following video:
My take on this Season 1 of ‘Mars’ is “A dizzying stream of drama, reality, heart-pounding suspense sprinkled with humanity and solid technology”. We are explorers. Humans are on a quest to know where we came from and how we got here.
We realize that what has gotten us to this point in 2018 and will continue to sustain our goal to land on Mars and beyond, are the brave astronauts (The ‘Right Stuff’) along with the designers, testers, inspectors, and builders of the space program from its inception in the late 50s to where it exists today and even further to where it will take us tomorrow.
The right mix of science and technology in this series, combined with present day personalities involved in the technology of space science is unique and gives the viewer a perfect balance for me as an engineer and space buff. Such experts, like Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX and others, ground us in the real technology of what’s happening today and what is to come in the future that makes this ‘Mars’ mini-series so truly relevant of what is coming in the next 20+ years in the world space program efforts.
Season 2 premiers on November 12 on the National Geographic Channel and I am excited about the continuation of this saga and have marked it on my calendar. I encourage you to join me in the continuation of this series, and in case you missed Season 1, please do get a chance to see it on ‘Demand” or with any of the other programs that allow access to already completed program seasons, but don’t let that stop you from seeing Season 2.