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Old October 11 2010, 05:57 PM   #1
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"Mars Direct" NBC series in development about a mission to Mars

NBC has "Mars Direct," about a mission to the red planet,
October 11, 2010
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NBC is attempting a sci fi series about a mission to Mars?!
Currently they have The Event as the only sci fi series on the network.

other produced TV series similar to this:
the 2007 Canadian television mini-series about a fictitious mission to Mars
Race to Mars, a landmark four-hour expedition miniseries, imagines and simulates with breathtaking realism what astronauts will experience on the first human mission to Mars.
Other productions set in space have dressed astronauts in helmets with flat surfaces. This limits glare and distortion. But our costumes, like everything else, are accurate. Our helmets are bubble shaped and capturing the actors' expressions behind that rounded surface was, well, as difficult as lighting their white suits."

and the 2009 show (that aired 8 episodes in USA):
“Defying Gravity" 13-episode ABC sci-fi astronaut space series

real life Mars Direct originally proposed in 1990 from Wikipedia: here are some selects:
Mars Direct is a proposal for a relatively low-cost manned mission to Mars with current rocket technology. The plan was originally detailed in a research paper by Robert Zubrin and David Baker in 1990. The mission was expanded upon in Zubrin's book 1996 The Case For Mars.
Since Mars Direct was initially conceived, it has undergone considerable review by the Mars Society, NASA and Stanford University.
The Mars Society and Stanford studies retain the original 2-vehicle mission profile of Mars Direct, but increase the crew size to 6.
The plan involves launching an unmanned Earth Return Vehicle (ERV) directly from Earth's surface to Mars using a heavy-lift booster (no bigger than the Saturn V used for the Apollo missions), containing a supply of hydrogen, a chemical plant and a small nuclear reactor.
The ERV return vehicle would take some 8 months to reach Mars.
Some 26 months after the ERV was originally launched from Earth, a second vehicle, the Mars Habitat Unit would be launched on a high-energy transfer to Mars carrying a crew of 4. This vehicle would take some 6 months to reach Mars.
On reaching Mars, the useless spent upper stage would be jettisoned, with the Habitat Unit aerobraking into Mars orbit before soft-landing in close proximity to the ERV.
Once on Mars, the crew would spend 18 months on the surface,

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