'Mars': The Epic National Geographic Channel Miniseries in Pictures

Leaving the Daedalus

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The crew suits up in their space gear and prepares to set foot on Mars for the first time.

A Spacesuit for Mars

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Realistic Mars spacesuits for the series were designed by Daniela Ciancio with input from scientific experts.

Walking on Mars

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The Daedalus crew explores Mars. [National Geo's 'Mars' - Actor Ben Cotton Talks Tough Shooting Environments, More | Video]

A Rover for Humans

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This Mars rover was designed to transport people, unlike other existing rovers that only carry scientific instruments.

Welcome to Olympus Town

National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky

Olympus Town is the first Mars colony, located near the volcano Olympus Mons. The Mars camp is constructed of large dome structures with air-sealed entrances like the door pictured here.

Life at Olympus Town

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A communal dome functions as the recreation room and cafeteria in Olympus Town.

Mars Laboratory

The laboratory in Olympus town.

Red Planet Greenhouse

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Mars settlers grow their crops inside a greenhouse at Olympus Town.

A Successful Harvest

National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky

The Daedalus crew successfully grows their first crops on Mars.

Meanwhile, on Earth...

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Mission controllers on Earth must keep their cool as the crew on Mars struggles to get to shelter. Here, Ed Grann (Olivier Martinez), the French CEO of the Mars Mission Corporation looks on over Joon Seung (Jihae), the Korean-American capsule communicator.

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Hanneke Weitering
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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at FutureFlight.aero and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at Space.com. As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the Space.com team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.