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.

The Habitat Gimlet Media

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    • 4.8, 23 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

4.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

MaleneF2300 ,

Fascinating!

An interesting story on many levels. About the crew/the mission, about the story of space exploration, and about being an individual in a group in society today. Fascinating stuff!

Logoobiucy ,

Great but too edited

1. This is an amazing premise for a podcast. I was hooked immediately.
2. I quickly realized there were only 7 episodes?? For a year, I had expected at least 12, or 24, twice a month. 7 seems ridiculously short and told me before I started that this was a highly edited, cut and brief podcast: more like a tease. I would have loved to have heard more interviews from the crew during their stay, more of their recordings from their time in the habitat, and more factual information about their missions, stuff they had to do etc.

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