11 episodes

On a remote mountain in Hawaii, there's a fake planet Mars. Six volunteers are secluded in an imitation Mars habitat where they will work as imitation astronauts for one very real year. The goal: to help NASA understand what life might be like on the red planet—and plan for the day when the dress rehearsals are over, and we blast off for real. Host Lynn Levy has been chronicling this experiment from the moment the crew set foot in their habitat, communicating with them through audio diaries that detail their discoveries, their frustrations, and their evolving and devolving relationships with each other. From those diaries, Gimlet Media has crafted an addictive serialized documentary: the true story of a fake planet.

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    • Science
    • 4.6, 300 Ratings

On a remote mountain in Hawaii, there's a fake planet Mars. Six volunteers are secluded in an imitation Mars habitat where they will work as imitation astronauts for one very real year. The goal: to help NASA understand what life might be like on the red planet—and plan for the day when the dress rehearsals are over, and we blast off for real. Host Lynn Levy has been chronicling this experiment from the moment the crew set foot in their habitat, communicating with them through audio diaries that detail their discoveries, their frustrations, and their evolving and devolving relationships with each other. From those diaries, Gimlet Media has crafted an addictive serialized documentary: the true story of a fake planet.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
300 Ratings

300 Ratings

First Time Tell-Tale User ,

road trip listening

fantastic road trip binge

C2015 ,

I loved it

Interesting! Intimate at times. I loved the story telling. I was shocked at how the NASA flights...I am so used to the radio transmissions being so cool and professional it was amazing to hear how they so weren’t all the time! I thought the whole thing was fascinating and I’m sorry it was so few episodes. A delight.

Sydney Pazurik ,

FANTASTIC!

I’ve been looking for a non crime related fiction podcast and this was the perfect find! If you love science fiction and hypothetical stories this is a podcast for you! I binge listened in one morning, since I’ve been sick all week. My one complaint would be to many advertisements blended into the podcast. Other than that I loved it!

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