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Mars (NGC 2016, Ben Cotton, Alberto Ammann)

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tells the inspiring story from the vantage point of a fictitious crewed mission to Mars in 2033. Executive producers Howard and Grazer hand-selected Gout to direct all six episodes of the series, filmed earlier this year in Budapest and Morocco. The scripted portion focuses on Earth’s first crewed mission to MARS aboard the spacecraft Daedalus. Its maiden voyage in 2033 is crewed by a carefully selected international team of six uniquely qualified astronauts, including:

American mission commander Ben Sawyer (Ben Cotton), Korean-American mission pilot Hana Seung (Jihae), Spanish hydrologist and geochemist Javier Delgado (Alberto Ammann), French mission physician and biochemist Amelie Durand (Clementine Poidatz), Nigerian mechanical engineer and roboticist Robert Foucault (Sammi Rotibi) and Russian exobiologist and geologist Marta Kamen (Anamaria Marinca). Back on Earth, the Mars Mission Corporation (MMC) control team based in London includes Hana Seung’s twin sister, capsule communicator Joon Seung (also played by Jihae), and French CEO of the MMC, Ed Grann (Olivier Martinez).

Once Daedalus successfully lands on Mars and sets up a preliminary base of operations, British nuclear physicist Leslie Richardson (Cosima Shaw) will lead a Phase 2 settlement team along with her husband, world-renowned experimental botanist Dr. Paul Richardson (John Light).

Season two picks up five years after the conclusion of Season 1, following the successful maiden mission to the Red Planet when the original International Mars Science Foundation (IMSF) crew struggled to safely land on and create an initial settlement. It’s now the year 2042, and IMSF has established a fully-fledged colony, Olympus Town, but they cannot finance the Mars expedition alone. Doors of opportunity have swung wide open to the private sector, but tensions arise among original mission-driven scientists and miners sent by the for-profit corporation, Lukrum Industries, which create a new world of challenges for everyone on the Red Planet.

production details
USA | National Geographic Channel – Imagine Entertainment – RadicalMedia | 12×50 minutes | Broadcast from 14 November 2016

Brian Grazer as Executive Producer
Dave O’Connor as Executive Producer
Jon Kamen as Executive Producer
Jonathan Silberberg as Executive Producer
Justin Wilkes as Executive Producer
Michael Rosenberg as Executive Producer
Robert Palumbo as Executive Producer (NGC)
Ron Howard as Executive Producer

cast
Jihae as Hana Seung / Joon Seung
Alberto Ammann as Havijer Delgado
Clémentine Poidatz as Amelie Durand
Anamaria Marinca as Marta Kamen
Sammi Rotibi as Robert Foucault
Nicholas Wittman as Oliver Lee
Cosima Shaw as Leslie Richardson
Ben Cotton as Ben Sojer
Kata Sarbó as Ava Macon