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Mission to Mars

Episode 2 of 18

The programme goes behind the scenes at Nasa as the countdown commences to the landing of a billion-dollar nuclear-powered rover on the surface of Mars.

Horizon goes behind the scenes at Nasa as they count down to the landing of a 2.5 billion-dollar rover on the surface of Mars. The nuclear-powered vehicle, the size of a car, will be winched down onto the surface of the red planet from a rocket-powered crane. That's if things go according to plan; Mars has become known as the Bermuda Triangle of space because so many missions there have ended in failure. The Curiosity mission is the most audacious, and expensive, attempt to answer the question of whether there is life on Mars.

1 hour

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:09


    Lippy Kids

  • 00:14

    Foster the People

    Pumped Up Kicks

  • 00:29


    Alone in Kyoto

  • 00:41

    Jon Hopkins


    Remix Artist: Four Tet.
  • 00:54

    Sigur Rós

    Ba Ba

  • 00:55


    The Birds


Role Contributor
Director Graeme McAulay
Series Editor Aidan Laverty