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Real Rocket Technology, SpaceX Featured on First Episode of NatGeo's 'Mars'

Nov 18, 2016 03:50 AM EST
National Geographic Channel 'MARS' Premiere NYC
For the first episode of National Geographic's docuseries called Mars, the show presented real life rocket technology and experts opinion through interviews including SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.
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National Geographics docudrama series called 'Mars' has been making waves since it aired last Nov. 14. On its pilot episode, Mars, a fictitious representation of Mars colonization, featured real rocket science including that of SpaceX.

"Before we go to Mars, we need to get better at leaving Earth. Experts like Elon Musk are working on it," NatGeo said in an episode guide.

For those who haven't seen or read what the hype is all about, Mars is a TV series that explores what could the potential colonization of Mars look like. Mars is set in the year 2033, according to a report.

It will try to present future Martian homes, some technology, rocket launches and all the drama and challenges that surround it. But what makes this TV series different is that NatGeo mixed fiction with real-life excerpts from experts and scientists to give viewers accurate and factual information while watching the show. NatGeo will attempt to become 'scientifically accurate' despite the drama and action part of the show.

In the first episode, the challenges of getting to Mars was presented and of course, the forerunner in reaching the red planet was featured, SpaceX. SpaceX and its CEO, business tycoon Elon Musk claim that the first humans to Mars will step on the Martian regolith in 2025.

For the first episode, various rocket technology was presented and the hybrid of fiction-meets-science format was strongly evident. There was a montage, a series of videos from real and official rocket launches shown before the show proceeded with the scripted part.

Viewers are treated to a visual spectacle, with high-tech spacesuits, spacecraft and even future Martian habitats in the show. But what's more exciting is that 2033 is less than 20 years from today and whatever the show projects, they might happen in the near future.

This means, the fiction and futuristic part of the show are not entirely impossible. Remember the day when the popular TV and movie franchise 'Star Trek' fictionally explored the idea of hologram technology? That technology is widely available today. The same could happen to the ideas presented in NatGeo's Mars. And it was just the beginning since there will be more interesting and intriguing episodes of the show.


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