Ron Howard’s ‘Mars’ on the National Geographic channel

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.

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9 comments on “Ron Howard’s ‘Mars’ on the National Geographic channel

  1. BPaddock_#2
    September 12, 2018

    From the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) archives of the Stargate program.

    Remote Viewing of Mars by Joe McMoneagle with RV Target “Mars 1,000,000 BC”:

    Document Type: CREST
    Collection: STARGATE


  2. Steve Taranovich
    September 12, 2018

    @bpaddock—very interesting, but being a scientist and engineer, I am looking for the science behind this. We have not found the scientific rationale behind this yet, but I always keep an open mind.


    If I lived 500 years ago, I would have thought that people traveling in flying machines was impossible too!

  3. Andy_I
    September 12, 2018

    Are you talking about the “Mars” drama+docu that was broadcast 2 years ago?

  4. BPaddock_#2
    September 12, 2018

    Steve, even the scientist that started the program, Edwin C. May, doesn't know how it works. He just released the first volume of the Startgate Archives:

    “The Star Gate Archives. Volume 1: Remote Viewing, 1972–1984”, compiled and edited by Edwin C. May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha Reviewed by Nemo C. Mörck June 05, 2018McFarland, ISBN: 978-1-4766-6752-2

    I've spent time with Joe and I've traded emails with Ed discussing obscure possibilities such as Aharonov Bohm Effect and Curl Free Magnetic as possibilities. Ed had already tried them all, and found them lacking. Consider the security implications of communications that can not be blocked by a Faraday cage, and may work under water.

    List of patents on Curl Free Magnetic by Raymond C. Gelinas assigned to Honeywell: (note that a Vector Potential is a scalar field)

    4,429,280, 31 Jan 1984, Apparatus and Method for Demodulation of a Modulated Curl-Free Magnetic Vector Potential.

    4,429,288, 31 Jan 1984, Apparatus and Method for Modulation of a Curl-Free Magnetic Vector Potential Field.

    4,432,098, 14 Feb 1984, Apparatus and Method for Transfer of Information by Means of a Curl-Free Magnetic Vector Potential Field.

    4,447,779, 8 May 1984, Apparatus and Method for Determination of a Receiving Device Utilizing a Curl-Free Magnetic Vector Potential Field.

    4,605,897, 12 Aug 1986, Apparatus and Method for Distance Determination Between a Receiving Device and a Transmitting Device Utilizing a Curl-Free Magnetic Vector Potential Field.

    4,491,795, 1 Jan 1985, Josephson Junction Interferometer Device for Detection of Curl-Free Magnetic Vector Potential Fields.

    US5845220: Communication method and apparatus with signals comprising scalar and vector potentials without electromagnetic fields , H. Puthoff

    Also, you can find a good article in Scientific American of April 1989, pp. 56-62, “Quantum Interference and the Aharonov-Bohm Effect” by Yoseph Imry & Richard Webb.

    Getting back to RV, Ed has an other book that has been out for while on what little is known about the science “Anomalous Cognition: Remote Viewing Research and Theory” by Edwin C. May and Sonali Bhatt Marwaha.

    Ed and Joe are going to be online for a fund rasing event for the Rhine Research Center on September 29th if you want to hear them live.

    Something also to consider when debugging, is to see if there is any correlation to Local Sidereal Time (LST). An other rabbit hole that has shown effects with no clearly understood cause to date. For example is there an increase in Single Event Upsets that track with LST? Anomalous Cognition has shown to peek at 13:47 LST in a few experiments.  See S. James P. Spottiswoode and Edwin C. May.

    Our interments only know how to measure the things that we know how to measure. That does not mean that there are not other things out there…

    BTW, Karen's documentary movie is due to be released in the next couple of months. Still on the look out for better medical imaging. As you can see I'll follow the most obscure paths in the hopes of helping those she left behind…

  5. Steve Taranovich
    September 13, 2018

    @Andy_I  yes, Part 1 was in 2016 and Part 2 is coming this Fall—Have you seen Part 1?

  6. Steve Taranovich
    September 13, 2018

    @bpaddock—thanks for this information!

  7. Andy_I
    September 15, 2018

    Yes, I remember watching the first season.  My reaction then was mixed.  There seemed to be less hard science and less to learn than I thought there might be.  The drama portions were OK but nothing to write home about.  It felt “odd” trying to mix the science with the cheesy made-for-TV drama.

  8. Steve Taranovich
    September 16, 2018

    @Andy_I—This mini-series does not have 'hard science', but real-life commentary regarding what's coming in the way of space exploration in our future. There is enough science from the actual people in the scientific world during the brief commentaries inserted into the program. I do not think it was the intent of addressing the engineering and scientific audeinces as much as the everyday people who jusr want to know what our future possibilities are.

    In my opinion, this was not a 'cheesy made-for-TV drama' but a pretty good indication, based on actual fact and ideas from NASA and other experts, of what is coming in the 2030s.

    I am very involved with NASA and the Orion program, and I have spoken with experts regarding the lava tubes on Mars and other concepts that may be possible for explorers to survive on Mars, so I see a great deal of that in this National Geographic series.

    I respect your opinion of the series, but I think you missed the point of what they were trying to convey to the larger audience.

    Read my link regarding the lava tubes to see how close this series comes to reality.


    And how about the copter drones—NASA JPL's Mars2020 Rover will carry such drones in its mission in a couple of years 

  9. SaraDVL
    December 12, 2018

    I agree with bpaddock.

    We discussed this problem with my colleagues (we work together in SEO company LinksManagement).

    So, we decided that it is not possible that people will be living on Mars within the next 20 years.

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