The Mars Generation: a 2017 Netflix documentary follows the aspiring astronauts of tomorrow on the journey to Mars. Just like the prospect of going to the moon inspired a whole generation, the prospect of going to Mars now inspires the next generation of astronauts – the very people who might be on the Mars mission.
The documentary relives the history of our space exploration, celebrating the great things we have achieved so far, featuring famous experts like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye and Michio Kaku. It also introduces us to the newest technologies and ideas NASA are developing on our journey into space, with the self-declared “spacenerds” participating in their yearly astronaut camp.
Throughout the documentary there is a sense of wonder around the adventure that lies ahead. The dream of going out there on such a grand journey is not far away from coming true, you can see it in the teens eyes – they will be the generation that finally goes to Mars. And now, I have a gleam in my eye – I know my generation will see them go out there and explore, and it makes me hopeful for the survival of the human race. So dream with us, and remember: smiles are contagious 😀