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, 3.6K 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
3.6K Ratings

3.6K Ratings

NickMif ,

It’s okay

I’d much rather hear more of the participants in the experiment rather than the host, extreme amount of advertising too, every 10 minutes it’s a break for a stupid ad. Think the ads are done?? Sorry another 5 ads after the first! I love the 6 people tho, real cool stuff other than the host and ads

JettiJ ,

Brilliant

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this podcast but, wow, I’m in love. I’ve listened to it three times and am currently using it as a storytelling tool in my literature class! It’s put together well and the writing/sound blend together and feel more like watching a film than simply listening to a podcast. Beautifully done!

Fun1894 ,

Eh

Too many ads. Too many credits. Too much cursing by the host. Too much hosting period. Not enuf of the participants. Boring.

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