The Mars Generation

Synopsis: Aspiring teenage astronauts reveal that a journey to Mars is closer than you think.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Michael Barnett
Production: Netflix
  2 wins.
97 min



[Raj] I have no information

from anyone in space.

I mean, this is important.

[Patrick] Ground Leader checking in.

I was directly told that we cannot

land on Mars before we do a med check.

Meteor shower incoming!

We have a meteor shower!

[metallic banging]

CAPCOM, come in.

Guys, just stay calm. We believe the

orbiter can survive the meteor shower.

[banging continues]

I believe we have a leak.


OK, pressure's going down. This is bad.

[camper] What do we do?

Get them out of here!

No! Oh my god!

[camper screams]

Throw them in the FEMA hallway!

Moderate cabin pressure

onboard the Station.


Cabin leak check. Losing air pressure.

[banging continues]

Are we dead?

Are we OK?

All in a day's work!

Space for me is one of the things

that defines me most, I think.

It really is a central part of who I am.

I am a space nerd.

Yeah, I would say that I am a space nerd!

I am the biggest space nerd

of all the space nerds ever.

It may not look like it, but I am.

Because space is space and it's awesome.

-[CAPCOM] Up here we may be slightly...

-[mission control] OK, stand by.

We have you go for orbit.

You're go for orbit.

[Dr. Michio Kaku]

When we look at the night sky, we think

"Are there any planets out there

that are possible homes for humanity?"

[newscaster] The spacecraft almost seemed

to grow stronger as the days went by.

Going to Mars will foster

an entire revolution

in how people think about

how they will invest their brain energy

in their lives and in their careers.

By the way, this next generation wants

to do it because they know it's cool.

[astronaut] Go for landing, 3,000 feet.

[mission control] You're looking great,

so we know it will be a good flight.

[CAPCOM] Astronauts report it feels good.

[Raj] It's been over 50 years

since we've done

something significant like this.

Having a man, or woman, walk on Mars

is just the most badass thought

in my mind.

[mission control] Liftoff.

I think Mars is an interesting planet

and it would be fascinating

to do science there.

[CAPCOM] We just had word from Houston

we're ready to have you get out

whenever you're ready.

[astronaut] OK, we've got our go now.

Is that right?

[CAPCOM] Affirmative.

[Josh] This is where people

are going to live, on another planet,

close enough to get there in under a year.

So yes, it's dangerous!

Yes, it's never been attempted.

Yes, you're probably gonna die.

But you can do it still.

[astronaut] How you doing,

Mission Control?

-[mission control] Good.

-[astronaut] Telcom? Guidance, happy?


-[astronaut] Final go!

[CAPCOM] 2,000 feet. 2,000 feet.

Into the air, 47 degrees.

[astronaut] Roger.

[Tim Urban]

Does anyone regret going to the Moon?

Does anyone who lived in the 60s say,

"What a waste of time,

I wish we hadn't done that."?

No. Going to the Moon was awesome.

Everyone's happy we went to the Moon!

Mars is even cooler.

[newscaster] Mariner is the spacecraft.

Mars is the destination.

[newscaster] Americans could once again

look up towards their future with faith

and with confidence.

We're focused on Mars.

That's NASA's ultimate goal.

To lead other nations,

and particularly ourselves,

with humans to Mars.

[newscaster] The retrograde rockets

will be tested in space.

The antenna housing

will transmit telemetry.

[Alyssa] Ever since I was little,

I've always had a passion for space.

It would be so amazing just to see

the Martian surface with my own eyes.

[mission control] T minus 25 seconds.

We will go to Mars.

Let's go out there and explore.

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