National Geographic Channel's Mars has been a fascinating watch since the hybrid documentary/scripted series began in November. The series ambitiously married science fiction and fact in a look at the first colony on Mars only 20 years in the future, while supplementing the plot with "voices from the past" segments with astronauts, educators and scientists.
Now, the first season comes to a conclusion tonight with Episode 6, "Crossroads." While the show's overall message has been one of optimism, it has not shied away from the fact that colonizing an alien world is fraught with danger. And that's where we find the settlers of Olympus Town tonight: attempting to cope with tragedy on their new home. Meanwhile, the present-day segment focuses on Elon Musk and his mission to get a SpaceX rocket to the red planet.
Check out our exclusive look at a clip from tonight's ep, featuring Musk, as well as a gallery of images from the episode. If you dig what you see, tune into the Mars season finale tonight at 9 p.m.
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In 2037, a devastating tragedy on the colony forces everyone on Mars and Earth to question the mission. While Olympus Town tries to persevere, controlling groups back on Earth struggle with the decision whether to end the mission. In present day, SpaceX again attempts to pioneer the rocket technology that would help mankind reach the planet.