Due to a having a sick kid, we put off watching Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The kid also wants to see the movie so of course, we cannot go without him. (Sorry if you haven’t seen me comment on your Guardians of the Galaxy reviews yet!) Instead of going out to see the Marvel movie in theaters, we stayed in and watched The Mars Generation directed by Michael Barnett.
The Mars Generation is an exciting and fun documentary on Netflix right now about a group of inspirational kids who attend space camp. A lot of these kids have the dream of working for NASA and getting us to Mars, and with their passion and drive, I believe it could actually happen. Humans might actually be able to make it to Mars within my lifetime.
If you’re a space enthusiast this lighthearted documentary might be just the thing to lift your spirits. Knowing how little spending actually goes towards NASA and seeing very little interest among the jaded public, makes it hard to stay positive for those looking towards space. The Mars Generation is a reminder that NASA is still looking towards The Red Planet and so are many of the younger generation.
The Mars Generation is a very general documentary that portrays some very bright and enthusiastic kids attending space camp while some very well know science heads explain NASA’s history. Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Michio Kaku are just some of the names to provide the history and background. The film avoids the heft of scientific facts about space and space flight, making it an easy to watch and understand piece even for those overwhelmed by the nitty-gritty of scientific details. It’s a light watch filled with the love of space.
Though being easy to watch, The Mars Generation does not back down from speaking about the troubled past of the creator of rockets, Wernher von Braun. Braun developed missiles for Nazi Germany but when the war ended the United States made sure to pick him up before the Soviets as we find out in the documentary. Braun even had a moment on Disney to speak about the science of his missiles. It’s the story of the Nazi turned American’s space program sweetheart. I appreciate the film does not try to conveniently hide this fact.
The film also touches on the Cold War era when America was in a race with the Soviets to get to space and eventually to set a man on the moon. Failed and successful missions are explored as well. It all leads up to the hopes to explore Mars. The science heads seem to concur when it comes to exploring Mars, but there is a slight sense of doubt. Spending is lacking and working with other countries doesn’t necessarily seem like an available option currently. (Though if truth be told, I wish the world could get their collective heads out of their arses and work together. Anything could be possible at that point.)
The film also discusses the public versus private debate about space exploration. The film pushes the idea of Space X and NASA working together in hopes of achieving the mission since public spending is not enough for NASA to get to Mars alone. Even the teens in the film are made well aware at camp just how important budget will be in attempting such a feat.
The viewer sees the teenagers as they go through their assignments in the first reveal of the mission to Mars at the camp. Some of the kids are successful in their projects while others are not. Though they might be hard on themselves, there is never a sense of waning love for their passion. The kids really are the stars of The Mars Generation. Each one seems to be excited by the fact that they could very well be the first generation that makes it to The Red Planet. It’s refreshing to see young people so dedicated and passionate about such an endeavor.
The Mars Generation is a fun positive watch. The director, Michael Barnett, did a wonderful job putting together this hopeful piece. You do not have to be a space expert to enjoy the documentary but enthusiasm for the subject will make it that much better. A lot of people in the world are too jaded to consider space exploration and have their noses glued to a screen arguing on social media. Money is a huge issue in the way and even the ability to work with others due to politics has been a barrier.
The Mars Generation is a nice little reminder of the great things we have accomplished in the past and a reminder of an existence bigger than ourselves. Humans and Earth are just a tiny blip in the universe, but can we overcome the odds and go further in space? I can’t really say, but the younger generation definitely gives me some semblance of hope.
Go watch The Mars Generation right now on Netflix! If you’re interested in supporting and promoting STEM and space exploration among youth be sure to check out The Mars Generation website.
Have you seen The Mars Generation on Netflix? What did you think of our review? Do you think humans can get to Mars? I want to know your opinions on the subject! Put your Geeky Talk about space exploration and Mars in the comments below. Thanks for reading!