The acclaimed director Ron Howard has told Sky News, he believes that colonization of Mars is just the first step in further exploration of space and finding other habitable planets.
The Oscar-winning director and producer, known for movies like A Beautiful Mind, Frost / Nixon and, of course, Apollo 13, spoke before the start of the second series MARS, the National Geographic show of the red planet that shows what life really is may be when people get there.
The operative word is once: for the executive producer Howard, the idea of surviving on Mars is no longer “just a big adventure story”.
MARS presents written drama mixed with expert interviews
Image: National Geographic
“What surprised me is to colonize Mars, for one of the true deep thinkers, is important but it’s not the end,” he told Sky News .
“It would be a very important next step to find planets that are more hospitable, for the Star Trek deep exploration that really could provide a much friendlier planet that is much easier for people to adapt to.”
“It just giving more impetus to invest in the resources of the ongoing exploration of Mars and Space. “
As fans in the first series will know, MARS follows a hybrid format – alternating script and documentary sequences to predict what life will be on the red planet, predicted by what is happening on earth today.
This means that dramatic storylines are paired with clips from the camera-dubbed “big thinker” and including SpaceX’s Elon Musk and former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin – who helps explain to the eye opportunities and problems awaiting people in an environment that is 54.7 million kilometers from the earth.  Elon Musk, Head of SpaceX, on Mars. Pic: National Geographic “/>
Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO, is one of the “big thinkers” of the show. Pic: National Geographic
Howard says the theme of space exploration, and Mars has always appealed to the audience.
“I think people of our nature are explorers,” he says. “While some of the corners of the earth have not been fully explored yet, most and the oceans also have.”
“I think being on the moon is the big question for many people where was where we should go.”
“Mars is an exciting opportunity. It’s a great challenge, but it’s also an ideal jumping of space for even deeper space exploration. Many also think that if people do not continue to explore there is the possibility that there is no one to guarantee that they can prolong the existence of the species beyond the earth.
“These are the two things that burn our fascination. Apart from that, it’s just fun and very dramatic because it becomes a great human interest story with great excitement.”
“It’s a very banned place to try to exist but It is possible. “
” As Elon Musk has said, it’s important to try now because we have the ability now. It is possible, but it would be presumptuous to assume that people will always be able to go because things change on this planet, and we should take advantage of this moment of technical discovery and breakthrough … and drive the boundaries.
When I started working on MARS, I just thought it was just a good adventure story. It would really inspire people to think about what is possible.
“As I have done the research and participated in these interviews and did these episodes I now believe in not only profitability but the need to drive for this exploration.”
Tantalizing as it may be, Howard told Sky News that he did not think he would do the trip himself.
“I love to control and produce movies and TV. I think it will be a long time before they need board members on Mars, so I do not know what to do with myself, other than looking around,” said he. “19659003]” And it’s a very long journey just go and watch. I think you have to work or create a future there. I think my future still continues to be here on earth and tells stories that I really believe in and want to share. “
This series of the show is set in 2042
Behind the scenes of MARS Pic: National Geographic
This series of MARS takes place in 2042, five years after the end of the first season, after a successful virgin mission to the red planet.
Howard says that the exhibition is a “rare opportunity” to give the television audience a show that “works on many levels.”
“It stops feeling like science fiction and begins to feel you’re aware of real events developing,” says he.” I think it’s unusual, it’s experimental and I’m proud to have been part of the experiment. “
He continues:” I think everyone involved likes the show does not ask the question, should we go to Mars? It goes beyond that and instead gives the audience a sense of how it gets. “
:: MARS returns for a second season on sunday at 8 pm at National Geographic