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Mars2033: Daedalus, a multi-national, partially privately funded interplanetary vehicle, is about to land the first human expedition on the surface of Mars. After a year traveling from Earth to the red planet, a fault develops in one of the braking thrusters used to slow Daedaleus for a soft landing. Mission Commander Ben Sawyer personally takes on the task of replacing the circuit that will allow the thruster to fire, but this means he’s out of his seat when Daedalus enters the Martian atmosphere, subjecting him to a sudden return of gravitational G forces without the benefit of his seat in the crew cabin. Daedalus also lands off-course, away from a habitat/lab module already delivered to Mars via an unmanned rocket, but a closer workshop module may offer shelter in the meantime.

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Karen Janszen
story by Karen Janszen and Paul Solet
based on the book “How We’ll Live On Mars” by Stephen Petranek
directed by Everardo Gout
music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

MarsCast: Jihae (Hana Seung / Joon Seung), Alberto Ammann (Javier Delgado), Clementine Poidatz (Amelie Durand), Anamaria Marinca (Marta Kamen), Sammi Rotibi (Robert Foucalt), Ben Cotton (Ben Sawyer), Olivier Martinez (Ed Grann), Nick Wittman (Oliver), Antoinette Fekete (Sam), Kata Sarbo (Ava Macon), Laurent Winkler (Flight Director, Mission Control), Sara Martins (Louise Varda)

MarsNotes: Interspersing dramatic re-enactments of a potential Mars landing scenario with modern-day interviews with such figures as Elon Musk (SpaceX) and Andy Weir (author of The Martian), Mars is produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (producers, through Imagine Entertainment, of such past space exploration fare as Apollo 13 and From The Earth To The Moon).

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Grounded

Mars2033: Injured in Daedalus’ landing, mission commander Ben Sawyer is in worse shape than he’s letting on to his crew. Internal injuries are slowly killing him. He authorizes a modification to the crew’s rover, allowing it to exceed its maximum safe speed of 10kph, but the time saved by speeding up the 75-kilometer drive is sacrificed when the rover hits an obstacle that destroys its suspension system. Left with nothing but an equipment and sample cart that they must push, the Daedalus crew must set out on foot, fully aware that failing to reach the workshop module will subject them to cold from which their EVA suits can’t protect them. And even if they reach shelter, it may not be in time to save Ben’s life.

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Andre Bormanis and Paul Solet
story by Andre Bormanis
based on the book “How We’ll Live On Mars” by Stephen Petranek
directed by Everardo Gout
music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

MarsCast: Jihae (Hana Seung / Joon Seung), Alberto Ammann (Javier Delgado), Clementine Poidatz (Amelie Durand), Anamaria Marinca (Marta Kamen), Sammi Rotibi (Robert Foucalt), Ben Cotton (Ben Sawyer), Olivier Martinez (Ed Grann), Nick Wittman (Oliver), Antoinette Fekete (Sam), Kata Sarbo (Ava Macon), Stephen Saracco (Ben’s Father)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Pressure Drop

Mars2033: Ben Sawyer has died from his injuries, leaving Hana Seung in charge. As the mission’s ground controllers scramble to devise alternatives and solutions for the astronauts on Mars, they also find themselves struggling to justify continuing the mission to the international consortium funding the exploration of Mars. The workshop dome providing the crew’s shelter is not meant to serve as a long-term habitat, and its overworked electrical system catches on fire, leaving it partially uninhabitable. The only chance the mission has to succeed – and the only chance humanity has to colonize another planet – is to find an underground chamber with abundant ice.

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Mickey Fisher and Paul Solet
story by Mickey Fisher
based on the book “How We’ll Live On Mars” by Stephen Petranek
directed by Everardo Gout
music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

MarsCast: Jihae (Hana Seung / Joon Seung), Alberto Ammann (Javier Delgado), Clementine Poidatz (Amelie Durand), Anamaria Marinca (Marta Kamen), Sammi Rotibi (Robert Foucalt), Olivier Martinez (Ed Grann), Nick Wittman (Oliver), Antoinette Fekete (Sam), Kata Sarbo (Ava Macon), Mimi Tyler (young Hana), Mila Tyler (young Joon), Karen Gagnon (ORB Solutions Senior Board Member), Miklos Banyai (ORB Solutions Board Member), Mate Haumann (IMSF Member USA),

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Power

Mars2037: Four years after the discovery of a suitable place to build the first human settlement on Mars, the base has expanded rapidly, and a second spacecraft with its own crew has joined Hana Seung’s expedition there. Medical, lab, and hydroponic facilities have been set up, though it’s the latter that proves the most worrisome – plants, the key to a sustainable food supply that doesn’t rely on resupply from Earth, are not growing at the expected rates. A third ship arrives with an even larger crew of new Mars colonists, including a supervisor to spearhead even further expansion. Her husband, a hydroponic expert, takes some of Javier’s workload off of him, but seems distant and obsessed with his work. But these new settlers have arrived just in time for trouble.

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Ben Young Mason and Paul Solet
story by Ben Young Mason
based on the book “How We’ll Live On Mars” by Stephen Petranek
directed by Everardo Gout
music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

MarsCast: Jihae (Hana Seung / Joon Seung), Alberto Ammann (Javier Delgado), Clementine Poidatz (Amelie Durand), Anamaria Marinca (Marta Kamen), Sammi Rotibi (Robert Foucalt), Cosima Shaw (Dr. Leslie Richardson), Olivier Martinez (Ed Grann), John Light (Dr. Paul Richardson), Nick Wittman (Oliver), Antoinette Fekete (Sam), Kata Sarbo (Ava Macon), Paul Solet (Cygnus Pilot), Karen Gagnon (ORB Solutions Senior Board Member), Rebecca Emekandoko (Joon’s Assistant)

Notes: This isn’t Cosima Shaw’s first struggle to survive on Mars – she was one of the crew members of Bowie Base One in the 2009 Doctor Who episode The Waters Of Mars.

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Darkest Days

Mars2037: A massive dust storm plunges the only human settlement on Mars into darkness for months. EVAs on the surface are out of the question for obvious safety reasons, and due to the interrupted work on power upgrades, it’s not long before power has to be carefully rationed for everyone to survive. One casualty of the power cuts is the greenhouse, leaving Paul Richardson nothing to do but over about his dying crops. Base lighting and heat are next, and cabin fever begins setting in. Someone will have to venture outside to reconnect the base to power…while someone else will venture outside just to end it all.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Paul Solet
based on the book “How We’ll Live On Mars” by Stephen Petranek
directed by Everardo Gout
music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

MarsCast: Jihae (Hana Seung / Joon Seung), Alberto Ammann (Javier Delgado), Clementine Poidatz (Amelie Durand), Anamaria Marinca (Marta Kamen), Sammi Rotibi (Robert Foucalt), Cosima Shaw (Dr. Leslie Richardson), Olivier Martinez (Ed Grann), John Light (Dr. Paul Richardson), Nick Wittman (Oliver), Antoinette Fekete (Sam), Kata Sarbo (Ava Macon), Karen Gagnon (ORB Solutions Senior Board Member)

LogBook entry by Earl Green

Crossroads

Mars2037: Paul Richardson’s suicidal step out onto the Martian surface has resulted in the decompression of other nearby parts of the base, and the instant deaths of six others in the sections adjacent to the greenhouse. His wife is wracked with guilt for not having seen the signs of his mental state earlier, while Hana Seung bears the burden for the entire mission, which is now likely to be cancelled by the IMSF. Hana and Foucalt visit the Daedalus, the vehicle that brought them to Mars, and begin reactiviating it in anticipation of being recalled to Earth. Attempting to salvage usable hardware to continue powering the base, Javier and Marta visit the abandoned workshop module that was their crew’s makeshift first shelter on Mars, where Marta makes an unusual discovery that could forever change science…and change humankind’s destiny on Mars.

Download this episode via Amazontelelplay by Andre Bormanis and Paul Solet
story by Andre Bormanis
based on the book “How We’ll Live On Mars” by Stephen Petranek
directed by Everardo Gout
music by Jake Jackson, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

MarsCast: Jihae (Hana Seung / Joon Seung), Alberto Ammann (Javier Delgado), Clementine Poidatz (Amelie Durand), Anamaria Marinca (Marta Kamen), Sammi Rotibi (Robert Foucalt), Cosima Shaw (Dr. Leslie Richardson), Ben Cotton (Ben Sawyer), Olivier Martinez (Ed Grann), John Light (Dr. Paul Richardson), Nick Wittman (Oliver), Antoinette Fekete (Sam), Kata Sarbo (Ava Macon), Eva Magyar (IMSF Member Russia), Mirjam Novak (IMSF Member USA), Mate Haumann (IMSF Member USA)

Notes: Early in 2017, it was announced that National Geographic Channel would produce a second season of Mars, but that season would be produced under the auspices of a new showrunner, Dee Johnson (formerly of Nashville, Rizzoli & Isles, Army Wives, Commander In Chief, and ER).

LogBook entry by Earl Green

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