National Geographic is to unveil the first ever Mars show home, a unique structure that will provide a fascinating glimpse of what life on the red planet could be like in a matter of decades.

Open at the Royal Observatory Greenwich from November 10th – 16th, the habitat is based on extensive consultation with Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomers and Stephen Petranek, author of How We’ll Live on Mars and consultant on MARS, the compelling six-part docu-drama from the Academy Award-winning team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, which premieres on Sunday 13th November at 9 pm on National Geographic.

Set in the year 2033, thrilling adventure-drama MARS tells the story of the first manned mission to the red planet and our attempts to colonise it. This exhilarating space odyssey is interwoven with present day documentary with space visionaries such as Elon Musk and Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining the science behind the drama, and how modern-day pioneers and technology will make the colonisation of Mars a reality.

Stephen Petranek

Constructed over several months by Cardiff company Wild Creations,* the show home depicts a dome-like structure mined from the regolith (Martian soil), combined with recycled spacecraft parts, including a double air-locked entrance, all designed to protect the early settlers from Mars’ unforgiving atmosphere and freezing temperatures. It brings to life Petranek’s vision of habitats as early as 2037, just fifteen years after Elon Musk’s SpaceX first planned shipment to Mars.

The show home will contain a transparent side section, giving visitors a slice of Mars life inside, as well as a depiction of an underground area, containing sleeping quarters, food supplies, scientific equipment and linking tunnels to other habitats. In addition, the show home is designed to be situated in Valles Marineris, a 4,000km long, 100km wide system of canyons that runs along the equator of Mars.

Items within the home will include sleeping quarters, a staircase, a botany platform, a 3D printer, microwave, water dispenser, a Mars globe, research area and a digital library. The show home will include built-in lighting and flat screen televisions transmitting episode one of MARS and rover footage.Some of the crew exploring Mars. The global event series MARS premieres on the National Geographic Channel in November 2016. (photo credit: National Geographic Channels/Robert Viglasky)

A small exhibition around the home will bring to life visions of the colony and facts about our future on Mars and the very real prospect of becoming a multi-planetary species.

MARS premieres on National Geographic Sunday 13th November at 9 pm.

The Mars Show Home is open daily from 10 am – 5 pm, Thursday 10th – Wednesday 16th November, at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, adjacent to the Planetarium, entry is FREE. For further information please visit: www.rmg.co.uk

*www.wild-creations.co.uk