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Race to Mars

15 Aug 2012, 07:05 UTC
Race to Mars
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The Terra Nova carries six astronauts from Earth to Mars

As Curiosity begins its two year trek in search of
life on the planet Mars, our thoughts turn to the possibility of eventually
sending humans to explore the red planet. Today on Discovery Enterprise we present Race to Mars.

In the year
2030, the race to be the first to reach the Red Planet is on - and China is
leading the way. China has
stunned the world by leapfrogging over America's long-term plans and has
landed a series of advanced rovers and robotic landers in their quest to make
the most important discovery in history - extraterrestrial life on Mars. Once
again, America and its
partners, including Canada,
are thrust into a winner-take-all space race - but the stakes are higher than
the race to the Moon nearly seven decades earlier. The international team
accelerates its plans - when China
prepares to send its final wave of rovers, this consortium will surge ahead and
at last launch a human crew. Six extraordinary individuals from Canada, the United
States, Russia,
France and Japan are
selected for this gruelling two-year mission.

These four men
and two women must work ...

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