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The Habitat

By Gimlet

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On a remote mountain in Hawaii, there's a fake planet Mars. Six volunteers are secluded in an imitation Mars habitat where they will work as imitation astronauts for one very real year. The goal: to help NASA understand what life might be like on the red planet—and plan for the day when the dress rehearsals are over, and we blast off for real. Host Lynn Levy has been chronicling this experiment from the moment the crew set foot in their habitat, communicating with them through audio diaries that detail their discoveries, their frustrations, and their evolving and devolving relationships with each other. From those diaries, Gimlet Media has crafted an addictive serialized documentary: the true story of a fake planet.

Customer Reviews

This is the true story

Of six strangers picked to live on fake Mars to find out what happens when when people stop being polite and start getting real.

Immersed in their world!

This is a beautifully produced podcast rich with the details: petty, odd, beautiful, and thoroughly human, of people committed to advancing humanity by living in a tiny space for a year. Also if you’re a sound design geek you will love being immersed in this world. It’s amazing!!!

I’m disappointed...

that this whole experiment hasn’t been bigger news. I’ve just discovered this and shocked that it wasn’t a bigger story. Just started the podcast today (on episode 3) and searched the web and there is hardly any coverage on it. This is a small, but important step into actually putting human life on another planet. Love it!