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

    • Science & Medicine
    • 4.4, 3.7K 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
3.7K Ratings

3.7K Ratings

Band them ,

Excellent Work

The Habitat is a well done, enjoyable, and unique podcast. The evolution of the crew throughout their year on “Mars” was insightful. Listening to this podcast was a blast and I hope for more podcasts similar to this one! Great work!

ChowmeinHair ,

Low effort

Made it halfway through. Subject matter never really went beyond a mild “reality show.”

DottieM26 ,

Bland

Overall this show was pretty bland. It didn’t deliver anything noteworthy on character or space missions, and the final episode felt extremely anticlimactic.

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