National Geographic Live Presents…MARS: The Live Experience

LiveExploration has always been a defining feature of what it means to be human. Today this distinctly human trait is as strong as ever with the exploration of space at the forefront of our achievements.

Many believe that Mars represents our future and our ability to ensure the survival of the human race. Human exploration and an eventual permanent presence on Mars is no longer a distant dream… but a realistic objective for humankind.

For the first time, National Geographic Live is bringing the world’s leading authorities together for a unique major live event to discuss global space agency plans and the immense challenges awaiting humankind’s next great space adventure.

How will we get to Mars? How will we live there? When is it going to happen?

Hosted by Ray Martin, join Legendary Space Pioneer and Apollo 11 Astronaut BUZZ ALDRIN LIVE on Stage with… NASA’s Director Advanced Exploration Systems, Jason Crusan European Space Agency Senior Science Advisor – Professor Mark McCaughrean in a landmark live event exploring mankind’s current and planned space exploration technologies to reach the Red Planet in the next two decades.

Produced by Live on Stage Australia and in tandem with National Geographic Channel’s most ambitious and ground-breaking new miniseries MARS (Executive Produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer), the live event will interweave stunning feature-film quality visuals and rarely seen visual content, to illustrate how these predictions may play out.

Our first footstep on Mars is as close as two decades away, and Mars: The Live Experience offers a glimpse into the minds of the joint global space agencies, brilliant scientists and system engineers who are working to take our next giant leap.

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It’s not within our technological reach to colonize Mars right now, but we can do it eventually.

Jacqui Feeney, ANZ’s Managing Director of Fox Networks Group & National Geographic Partners, said: “I’m particularly excited at how ‘MARS: The Live Experience marks the beginning of National Geographic’s venture into a bold , brave and and thrilling frontier of storytelling which follows our historic pursuit of exploration that changes our world.

By working with some of the industry’s top visionaries and sharing their passion for this remarkable venture to visit another planet, National Geographic is already on course to be the world’s definitive premium science, exploration and adventure network.’

National Geographic Live is the on ground extension supporting National Geographic’s dedication to the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. Building on the 128-year legacy of National Geographic Society, National Geographic is committed to inspiring the most curious minds with an expanding canvas to grow and reach people in new ways.

Featuring Buzz Aldrin

Legendary space pioneer, Gemini 12 and Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin made history when he and Neil Armstrong became the first two human’s to walk on the Moon. Since returning from the Moon Buzz has worked tirelessly promoting the continued exploration of space in particular a manned mission to Mars.

Buzz is the author of 9 books, most recently his children’s book, Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet and his newest NY Times and Washington Post Bestseller, No Dream Is Too High: Life Lessons from a Man Who Walked on the Moon. Both published by National Geographic.

Featuring Special Guest; NASA’s Jason Crusan:

As director of the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division within the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), Jason Crusan serves as NASA’s senior executive, advisor and advocate on technology and innovation approaches leading to new flight and system capabilities for human exploration of space. He manages over 600 employees and onsite contractors with an active portfolio of 20-30 technology, engineering and flight development projects. He leads integration with the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and programs within other HEOMD divisions including International Space Station and Exploration Systems Development.

Featuring Special Guest; European Space Agency’s; Professor Mark McCaughrean

Senior Scientific Advisor in the Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration, responsible for communicating the scientific results from ESA’s astronomy, heliophysics, planetary, and fundamental physics missions. Following his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1988, he has worked in the UK, the US, Germany, and the Netherlands. His personal research involves observational studies of the formation of stars and their planetary systems using state-of-the-art ground- and space-based telescopes. He is an Interdisciplinary Scientist on the Science Working Group for the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope.

Host: Ray Martin

Image result for ray martinRay Martin’s lifetime in journalism began as an ABC cadet in Sydney in 1965. After working in Perth and Canberra, he was posted to New York for a decade as the ABC’s North American correspondent. In 1978 he switched to Channel 9 to launch 60 Minutes with George Negus and Ian Leslie, the award-winning program he still reports for today.

In between he hosted Midday for a decade, A Current Affair for almost as long and countless network specials, Federal elections and Carols by Candlelight – winning five Gold Logies, more than twenty Silver Logies and an unmatched number of People’s Choice Awards.

He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2011 for his journalism, his work with indigenous Australians and his long involvement with charities, as Chairman of the Fred Hollows Foundation and the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Patron of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the Aboriginal Employment Strategy.

His best-selling autobiography, Ray: Stories of My Life was published in 2009 and Ray Martin’s Favourites: The Stories Behind the Legends, was published in 2011.

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National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century.

Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in 32 cities around the world, including New York, Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration on stage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. For more information, visit natgeolive.org.

Tour Dates:

Tour Dates:
Melbourne – Melbourne Town Hall – Friday November 4
Sydney – Hordern Pavilion – Sunday November 6
Canberra – Llewellyn Hall – Monday November 7

Tickets available from 12 August 2016 – For event information go to www.nationalgeographic.com.au/marslive

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