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Mars Series by Nat Geo - anyone?

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Monday, October 24, 2016 12:21 PM

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The year is 2033, and mankind's first manned mission to Mars is about to become reality. This is the story of how we make Mars home, told by the pioneers making it possible.

MARS, a Global Miniseries Event, premieres this November on National Geographic. Follow our #CountdowntoMars at MakeMarsHome.com
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About MARS:
From executive producers Brian Grazer & Ron Howard, MARS is an epic series following a thrilling quest - in 2032 - to colonize Mars. In a unique blend of scripted drama and feature-film caliber visual effects, intercut with documentary sequences, the series presents what the greatest minds in space exploration are doing to make traveling to Mars a reality, and shows us the world they seek.

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I anxiously await this show jic. Hope it is closer to real/doc style than cinematic, but I'll take either. The prospect of going to Mars has always been exciting to me, even the one way concept.

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Monday, October 24, 2016 6:12 PM

AURAPTOR

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I'm for going, but I find it curious there's this sudden push and high profile effort to get us there. And sorry, but it's hard for me to separate the political from the Hollywood aspect of all this, given the current climate. Obama basically ignored NASA for 8 years, except when pushing AGW and teaching Muslim countries to feel good about themselves... but hey, what ever.

Hope we find neat stuff there.

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Monday, October 24, 2016 6:47 PM

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Who knows what mysteries might be revealed exploring Mars. Any venture into space is more than a little exciting.




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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 10:47 AM

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Originally posted by AURaptor:

I'm for going, but I find it curious there's this sudden push and high profile effort to get us there. And sorry, but it's hard for me to separate the political from the Hollywood aspect of all this, given the current climate. Obama basically ignored NASA for 8 years, except when pushing AGW and teaching Muslim countries to feel good about themselves... but hey, what ever.

Hope we find neat stuff there.



I think he (and other presidents - can't say I could point to any significant NASA advancements under either Bushes or B. Clinton, but I could be wrong) made a big mistake in not doing so. This world is becoming claustrophobic imho. We need that next big step, to see how small we really are. I think having that as a backdrop would be uplifting for all of mankind. If nothing else it would help us focus on something other than unproductive political squabbling.
Having said that I'm sure there will be politics in this series - ugh.

Neat stuff? I hear Red Dust cakes are out of this world!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:11 PM

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I'll be watching. I dropped cable a couple of months ago, but I didn't have access to NatGeo even then, but I do now. I signed up for SlingTV, and they offer it, and I've been pleased with the service so far. I'm set for the adventure.



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Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:48 PM

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I'll be watching. I dropped cable a couple of months ago, but I didn't have access to NatGeo even then, but I do now. I signed up for SlingTV, and they offer it, and I've been pleased with the service so far. I'm set for the adventure.



There is a 30+ minute backstory vid on their site - I have not seen it yet:

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/mars/videos/before-mars/

They have a bunch of other inviting looking, interactive things there besides that vid.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016 8:12 AM

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First episode out last Monday - I have only dipped my toe in so far, 20 - 30 minutes tops, so I can't say anything more than I like this line IMMENSELY:

"We have to go to Mars."

That says it all. From my earliest memories me and my gang of ruebens on our hand-me-down bikes and stingrays and fixed up beaters, we always biked as far as we could past our known neighborhood. It's in us from the beginning. We just need to listen - it's inevitable, we will do it. So let's decide, confirm, plan and go. And selfishly, I want to be alive to see it, so let's get crackin'!

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Thursday, November 17, 2016 9:49 AM

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I watched it and wasn't thrilled. I'll give it another episode to see if it gets better.

Besides, we really don't need a show about exploring the unknown .. we have President Trump for that now.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016 10:11 AM

ECGORDON

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I thought it was good, not great. The better parts were the non-fiction look at what's going on right now with SpaceX and others. The dramatized bits were weak.



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Thursday, November 17, 2016 4:54 PM

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Originally posted by G:
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Originally posted by AURaptor:

I'm for going, but I find it curious there's this sudden push and high profile effort to get us there. And sorry, but it's hard for me to separate the political from the Hollywood aspect of all this, given the current climate. Obama basically ignored NASA for 8 years, except when pushing AGW and teaching Muslim countries to feel good about themselves... but hey, what ever.

Hope we find neat stuff there.



I think he (and other presidents - can't say I could point to any significant NASA advancements under either Bushes or B. Clinton, but I could be wrong) made a big mistake in not doing so. This world is becoming claustrophobic imho. We need that next big step, to see how small we really are. I think having that as a backdrop would be uplifting for all of mankind. If nothing else it would help us focus on something other than unproductive political squabbling.
Having said that I'm sure there will be politics in this series - ugh.

Neat stuff? I hear Red Dust cakes are out of this world!



When it comes to space and Presidents, can't we just agree that JFK was the Big Kahuna, in terms of declaring we're going to do something, and then it being done, first, and has yet to be matched or surpassed ?

I believe Mars has , at the very least, fossil evidence of past life. And gold. Probably other $$ minerals as well. Not so much oil, but hey, wouldn't THAT be swell ? Because ... well, life !

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Saturday, November 19, 2016 8:31 AM

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When it comes to space and Presidents, can't we just agree that JFK was the Big Kahuna, in terms of declaring we're going to do something, and then it being done, first, and has yet to be matched or surpassed ?



Yes, we can agree on JFK. I'd like to read his thinking on that some time if it's out there.
I remember those moon shots as a very tiny person and even at a young age I could feel the electricity in the world because of them. Everywhere you went or looked people were talking about them. IT was the topic of the day and the excitement from pulling something like that pulled us all together. This was the best and brightest of humanity battling against the odds. Could we do it? Making it happen, all the way to return and splash down made all of us feel better about what we could accomplish as individuals. The Onion may have said it better than any standard rag (hide your eyes children):



So pretty incomprehensible that we pulled it off in other words. Mars is this generations moon shot :)

I finished the first episode last night and I agree that the drama is not the best. It does do a good job of illustrating what the RW interviews are discussing. For one: the idea of landing on the surface of Mars proving to be the hardest challenge to solve, which is essential to the whole thing being feasible. Specifically: reusable rockets. Otherwise costs are prohibitive. I like the analogy from Musk: "If wooden ships were one use only, I doubt the United States would exist."

The only other option would be one way, which is what Mars First is all about, and I say sounds good to me if you have the skilled people who want to go now while we figure the landing and re-use part out later.

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I believe Mars has , at the very least, fossil evidence of past life. And gold. Probably other $$ minerals as well. Not so much oil, but hey, wouldn't THAT be swell ? Because ... well, life !



I agree - just going there is worth more than all the gold in the world imho.

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Friday, November 25, 2016 8:36 AM

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Finished second ep - getting better. The mix of drama and real interviews is starting to work. Neither one is strong enough on its own, like peanut butter and chocolate, better together.

Friends watching recommend the SpaceX youtube channel:



Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species (pretty killer title imho.)


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Friday, November 25, 2016 9:02 AM

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I believe Mars has , at the very least, fossil evidence of past life. And gold. Probably other $$ minerals as well. Not so much oil, but hey, wouldn't THAT be swell ? Because ... well, life !



I agree - just going there is worth more than all the gold in the world imho.



True. I guess I was thinking more along Jayne's remark in The Message about there being ' gold ', hidden in Private Tracy.


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Monday, November 28, 2016 2:40 PM

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Originally posted by AURaptor:
I believe Mars has , at the very least, fossil evidence of past life. And gold. Probably other $$ minerals as well. Not so much oil, but hey, wouldn't THAT be swell ? Because ... well, life !



I agree - just going there is worth more than all the gold in the world imho.



True. I guess I was thinking more along Jayne's remark in The Message about there being ' gold ', hidden in Private Tracy.




Funny - totally missed that. I think it works better than cheese.

I was telling a friend that if I could bend Trump's ear - no, not being political here - I would suggest to him to get a Mars exploration fire lit again like JFK did for the moon. It does wonders for the population's mood.

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Monday, November 28, 2016 5:32 PM

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Tell him he can put a big freaking flag that says ' TRUMP! ' on Mars , and he'll make it happen.

Half kidding, but yeah, appeal to his ego, and who knows ?

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