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This six-episode science fiction series follows the fictional first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033. The series is unusual in that, in addition to its scripted fictional storyline, it will include documentary segments featuring interviews with space expert who will explain how an actual manned mission to Mars may be planned and executed.

MARS is a Documentary & Biography series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on August 18, 2016. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.5.

MARS is available for streaming on the National Geographic Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch MARS on demand at National Geographic Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, iTunes, National Geographic online.

National Geographic Channel
2 Seasons, 12 Episodes
August 18, 2016
Documentary & Biography
7.5/10
Cast: Taisuke Fujigaya, Masataka Kubota, Marie Iitoyo, Hirona Yamazaki
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MARS Full Episode Guide

  • Lukrum pushes its corporate interest too far and jeopardizes the safety of both colonies; IMSF springs into action to stabilize the situation, but, for some, it will be too late; on Earth, human activity destabilizes the natural world.

  • Lukrum strikes a deal with Russia for exclusive mining rights; Lt. Cmdr. Mike Glenn undermines Hana and endangers colony members; the first-generation Martian baby arrives two months early; on Earth, nations attempt to rein in corporate interests.

  • A mysterious illness sweeps through the colonies; when IMSF realizes one of their own has died as a result, they race to find its cause before more lives are taken; on Earth, an activist sheds light on a health crisis being kept quiet.

  • When a solar flare strikes the planet and knocks out communications between and within the colonies, the Olympus Town team races against the clock to locate Marta, who becomes stranded on the surface during a rogue research expedition.

  • IMSF and Lukrum establish a tenuous coexistence with a common water source. In the present day on Earth, activists protest Arctic oil drilling.

  • Tensions rise on Mars when the miners request IMSF's aid without prior warning.

  • In 2037, the dust storm has lasted for months, and Olympus Town€™s infrastructure, along with its residents€™ well-being, suffers. The psychological pressures of life on Mars reveal themselves while the crew is trapped inside the habitat. In the present day, scientists study the effects of extreme isolation to prepare for a future manned mission to Mars.

  • In 2033, the Daedalus crew struggles to find permanent shelter. Currently, the European Space Agency and Roscosmos partner to launch an orbiter.

  • The Daedalus crew battles the harsh Martian terrain to reach the safety of their pre-built base camp. A race against the clock begins when the ship commander reveals he has been injured during landing. In documentary sequences, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly undergoes an historic year-long mission on the International Space Station, revealing both the physical and emotional hardships astronauts face.

  • In 2033, the first human mission to Mars gets into the red planet's atmosphere but the team of the Daedalus confronts a life-threatening situation when the ship's landing system goes offline.