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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    • Technology
    • 4.4, 3.9K 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
3.9K Ratings

3.9K Ratings

sally ryed ,

Soooooooo good!

I would recommend this to anyone who is very curious to learn more about mars and what they might have to do if they were really there. The audio is amazing and I really like the title the way it gives me the good kind of chills. This might not happen to everyone but I got them. It also tells you that you can get along with random strangers with the right amount of time. All in all, I loved this podcast.

LeMe333 ,

Started out good...

Enjoyed the first few episodes but it turns into a silly reality TV show. Not much science to be learned here.

Kev. Durr ,

Ugh

That David Bowie cover, no. So bad.

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