The latest installment in the plethora of Mars movies is the Netflix exclusive, “The Mars Generation”, which was released on May 6. Don’t expect to see a lot of Mars footage, but the movie should be inspirational to school-age children everywhere, to gain their interest, and hopefully, to encourage some of them to pursue a career in aerospace engineering or perhaps to even apply for astronaut training.

On a critical note, two of the teenagers in the move are heard to reference “the Orion capsule which will take us to Mars”. We hate to break it to you, but the Orion capsule is not suited for a Mars mission. And shame on NASA for teaching this to kids at Space Camp. Even the NASA Inspector General scolded NASA in their recent 2017 report, stating, “The current version of the crew module (Orion) can accommodate up to four astronauts (up to six according to NASA) for 21 days in its 316 cubic feet of habitable space- similar in size to a small minivan, and thus is not suitable on its own for Mars missions.”

Can you imagine being cooped up in a minivan for three weeks with four to six people, let alone the six months it will take to travel to Mars? The Orion is nothing more than a glorified Apollo capsule, and is good for one thing only: splashing down in the sea on return to earth. A few demerits are in order for NASA’s misleading the public and wasting money on this eventual boat anchor.

More to come on NASA’s space program in an upcoming op-ed piece by SMA.

Watch “The Mars Generation” Here

https://www.netflix.com/title/80117263

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As always,  we recommend the video, “The Mars Underground”, which  parallels the book by Robert Zubrin, “The Case for Mars”. In it, Zubrin presents the most elegant, well thought out, and economically feasible plan for the first Humans to Mars Mission. He also tells us why, with the technology (which has been available for the last twenty years) we have not done so. This video is available free on YouTube. We urge you to watch this video, and to visit the “Mars Now!” page of our website. Please feel free to comment.

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