Ahead of MARS, a new adventure-drama which begins on National Geographic tonight, I went to check out a Mars habitat showhome at Greenwich Observatory.
On show until the 13th November, this unique show home is a unique structure that will provide a fascinating glimpse of what life on the red planet could be like in a matter of decades.
The habitat has been constructed by Cardiff based company Wild Creations and depicts a dome-like structure mined from the regolith (Martian soil), combined with recycled spacecraft parts, including a double air-locked entrance, all designed to protect the early settlers from Mars’ unforgiving atmosphere and freezing temperatures. It brings to life Stephen Petranek’s (author of ‘How We’ll Live on Mars’ and consultant on the National Geographic show) vision of habitats as early as 2037, just fifteen years after Elon Musk’s SpaceX first planned shipment to Mars.
Situated near the famous Greenwich Observatory and Planetarium the show home features a perspex cutaway that allows a peek inside at the small living quarters and botanical level.
Set in the year 2033, MARS is a thrilling adventure-drama tells the story of the first manned mission to the red planet and our attempts to colonise it. This exhilarating space odyssey is interwoven with present day documentary with space visionaries such as Elon Musk and Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining the science behind the drama, and how modern-day pioneers and technology will make the colonisation of Mars a reality.
MARS begins tonight on National Geographic at 9pm. Watch a special five minute preview below.