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Tonight's (Nov. 26) episode of National Geographic's "Mars" showcases the great lengths that scientists will go to in order to answer some of life's most difficult questions.
"Mars," a docudrama that combines a dramatic storyline with real-world documentary-style interviews with experts, premiered in 2016. The series initially followed the first humans to land on the Martian surface. Now, the series' second season dives even deeper into the complex issues that arise on Mars and how they parallel concerns here on Earth. The first two episodes of Season 2 grappled with the tensions between private and government space enterprise and whether we will treat Mars like we treat Earth. The season has also explored how life on Mars will affect people's relationships and mental health.
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Kamen's struggle with Lukrum and her dedication to research is paralleled in Episode 3 by real-life scientists researching the Greenland ice sheet. This expansive body of ice is a harsh environment for humans, as glaciologist Jason Gulley demonstrates in the episode. He and others spend months out of every year essentially stranded in remote areas and extreme conditions, working until the helicopter that will take them out arrives. Gulley and his team endure severe temperatures and the threat of losing their way our on the ice sheet. Freezing rivers threaten to whisk them away as the elements relentlessly berate their senses. But, as the ice sheet continues to melt at startling rates, studying the area contributes greatly to our understanding of climate change and how sea levels might rise.
In addition to braving the elements, scientists on Earth as well...
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