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 & Medicine
    • 4.4, 3.5K 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

4.4 out of 5
3.5K Ratings
3.5K Ratings
Jsk5891 ,

Bingeworthy!

Interesting & gets you thinking about the future & life on Mars & the whole psychology of it. Very bingeworthy!

M K 1 ,

Greatest Thing That I Never Knew About

This is an example of why podcasts are sooooo amazing! I didn't know anything about this experiment -- and it is amazing, the podcasts, of course!

Emmanuel Lemire ,

Pretty good

Enjoyed this. Took a few episodes for me to get into it but I did atlast. The random info about NASA and space travel was pretty cool. The people's tapes were also interesting. Felt a bit disconnected from them but by the last episode I knew them a lot better. I'd love to hear a follow up about how subsequent trials have gone and if they've found any patterns from group to group.

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