You can watch 'Mars Calling,' a new Red Planet documentary, for free now on MagellanTV

Humanity's efforts to settle the Red Planet come into focus in a new documentary, "Mars Calling," streaming now to explore how we're doing so far at Mars and where we'll go next.

If you act fast, fans can watch the documentary for free. MagellanTV will make the film exclusively available until Sept. 6, company representatives told 

The film is released in the same year that missions from three different countries arrived at the Red Planet to explore its potential for life, including NASA's Perseverance rover that is seeking signs of ancient microbes. Eventually, Perseverance's work will be blended into an international sample-return mission that could bring pieces of Mars back to our planet as soon as 2031.

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The Perseverance rover is examining Mars for signs of ancient life. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

NASA is also pushing forward on its Artemis moon program, which it frames as a training ground for eventual astronaut missions to Mars. NASA administrator Bill Nelson said Tuesday (Aug. 24) that the agency remains committed to moon landings (the stated deadline has been 2024) despite several problems that recently arose.

"For the last century, visionaries have dreamed of creating a new frontier of freedom and prosperity on Mars, providing humans with a 'backup' planet if and when the Earth's biosphere becomes uninhabitable," MagellanTV said in a statement. " 'Mars Calling' pits the expectations and enthusiasm for one day populating the Red Planet against the reality of its hostile and unpredictable environment."

The film will span the history of Red Planet exploration from early astronomers (such as Aristotle and Galileo) to more modern-day findings from NASA and other space agencies about water, life and other things showing "how our understanding of Mars has evolved over the years," MagellanTV said.

"Mars Calling" was directed and written by David Sky Brody (also known for "Kingdom of Saturn: Cassini's Epic Quest," and a longtime writer and video producer.) The documentary is executive-produced by MagellanTV co-founder Thomas Lucas and narrated by Matt Baker.

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: