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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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    • 4.5 • 245 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.

    Episode 1: This Is the Way Up

    Episode 1: This Is the Way Up

    The crew leaves Earth behind.
    The Habitat is a production of Gimlet Media. It’s produced by Lynn Levy, Peter Bresnan, and Megan Tan. Our editors are Alex Blumberg, Jorge Just, Caitlin Kenney, and Blythe Terrell. Music, sound design, and mixing by Haley Shaw. Music supervision by Matthew Boll. Additional music in this episode by Bobby Lord and Elliot Cole. Our credits music in this episode is performed by Ellen O, and written by David Bowie. Our fact checker is Michelle Harris. Special thanks to Kaitlin Roberts, Alexander Overington, and to Neil Scheibelhut. And a very special thanks to the HI-SEAS crew: Andrzej, Christiane, Cyprien, Carmel, Shey, and Tristan.
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    • 28 min
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    The true story of a fake planet. Listen to the entire series starting on Wednesday, April 18th. 
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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
245 Ratings

245 Ratings

Muzaffar25 ,

Interesting and enjoyable.

Solid podcast that tracked a year long expedition living on ‘Mars’. I agree with other reviews that there does appear that the crew didn’t provide much material to work with. And the narrator did wonders to keep me interested for the entire series. However, I learnt a lot and it ended up being exactly what I expected.

I would recommend. It’s not a long investment being only 7 episodes and it has enough to keep you going.

chgtyaaq ,

Loved this podcast

Has kept me entertained on car journeys! It’s basically a bit about space and a lot about people and relationships. The narration is opinionated and this is what works ! A straight factual podcast with the soundtrack of the “space” mission probably would’ve been a bit dull. I loved delving into the day to day of High Seas - from the mundanity of space food to going out on walks in space suits to learning a new instrument.

Teaanyone ,

Well narrated

The presenter/narrator was good but didn’t have much to work with. The 6 crew members were pretty dull and gave her very little to work with. So credit for keeping me listening

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