Airdate: Mars

US docu-drama Mars, by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, will get a screening on SBS from this weekend.

This 6 part 2016 series, which has previously aired on Pay TV, tells the futuristic story of colonising the red planet and emerges as a bit of a space TV oddity.

You can check out the site review here.

It has been renewed for a second season by National Geographic. It begins with a double episode.

Mars features a unique blend of scripted drama and feature film-calibre visual effects, intercut with interviews from present day scientists and innovators who are leading the research and development of space technology. Set in both the present day and a scientifically based, imagined future, this series tells an incredible story of the first manned mission to Mars in 2033.

Series One, Episode One: 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. In the present day, SpaceX is attempting to land a reusable rocket and develop the technology to help humans reach Mars.

Episode Two: Grounded
The Daedalus crew battles the harsh Martian terrain to reach the safety of their pre-built base camp. In documentary sequences, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly undergoes a historic year-long mission on the International Space Station.

Saturday, 13 January at 7.30pm on SBS

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