It’s been more than a century since the first man, George Whitehead, set foot on Mars, and the Martian landscape is a vast wasteland with more than 80% of the planet covered by ice.
But what do the inhabitants of Mars think of humans?
Are they impressed by us?
Weighing in on what’s on the minds of Mars residents in a new documentary, National Geographic Channel’s The Most Diverse Places on the Planet, the hosts are joined by NASA, which is using the film to bring science to life in a number of ways.
The film also looks at how our understanding of the Red Planet has evolved, with a focus on how scientists and other observers are trying to understand what’s out there and what it might mean for our future.
Below is a synopsis of the documentary: When George Whitehouse set foot in Mars, he wasn’t looking for the ideal of a utopian future.
Instead, he was looking for an ideal of the future that was more suited to a post-apocalyptic future, a time when humans are running out of water and a planet is on the brink of annihilation.
In this documentary, George explains how the Mars project is helping us make sense of a world in which humanity is going through a crisis, and he takes viewers through a virtual tour of the Martian surface, from the dark tunnels beneath the ice to the desolate desert.
The result is an immersive, thought-provoking look at what’s been happening on Mars since the Martian mission began more than 100 years ago.
A New Look at the Red Mars: An Inside Look on the Most Diversity Places on Mars (National Geographic Channel) The film is the brainchild of National Geographic Explorer/Executive Producer Matt Bierling, who has been an avid follower of the Mars exploration story since he was a child.
He also knows firsthand how it’s been a challenge to create an immersive film about the Red Martian, which he said is a tough subject to tackle.
“I know that the people who are interested in seeing the film will want to get it and understand how it got made, and I think I have a good idea,” Biering said.
“The most important thing for me was to get the film out there, so that people could have an understanding of what the film is trying to say, and that we can have conversations about the future of the world.”
Bierling and the National Geographic crew spent six months on the Red Marbles, a vast section of the red planet that is a popular filming location.
The team visited all the known Martian habitations, including the largest Martian structure, the Gale Crater, and also took a look at other features such as the largest known landmass on Mars.
The film’s production crew included filmmaker and producer Sarah Jaffe, a former NASA explorer who now teaches film and TV at the University of Utah.
The crew also spent time in the Mars region’s dry valleys and jungles, as well as in the crater of the largest active volcano on the planet.
The crew’s team also explored the planet’s atmosphere and found out more about its chemistry and geology.
For example, the film explores the fact that Mars is covered in water, which was once thought to be impossible to survive on, but is actually one of the only places in the world that is capable of sustaining life.
Bier, who is also the director of photography for NASA’s Curiosity rover, said the mission to Mars was a test of his camera skills.
“In this first film, we learned how to take images of Mars that look like they’re from the inside,” Bieger said.
“It’s about getting our imaginations out there.”
The documentary, titled Red Mars, is being produced in collaboration with the Mars Exploration Program, a division of NASA that helps coordinate international research into Mars.
Biegger said he and his team have a strong relationship with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the government agency responsible for the Red Sea and the Yellow Sea.
“They’re a really great partner and they’re really focused on the mission and what they’re doing,” he said.
Bier, Jaffe and Jaffe said the documentary’s focus on the Martian environment was important because it helps explain why Mars has changed in the past 200 years.
One of the most intriguing parts of the film, according to Bier and Jaff, is how Mars has been undergoing a rapid shift from a lush, pristine, life-giving place in the early 19th century to one that is increasingly harsh, dangerous and hostile.
“The Red Mars film gives a very good understanding of how the Red Desert has changed,” Biere said.
This shift is what made Red Mars such a compelling subject, said Bier.
The Red Mars team also used their footage to document the impacts that Mars has had on the environment of the past 100 years.
“If you go back to the early 1900s,