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National Geographic Releases 30-Minute ‘Mars’ Prequel

National Geographic’s upcoming series Mars is a narrative/documentary hybrid that tells the fictional story of the first manned trip to Mars by using real science and interviews to explain the process. 

Nat Geo has released a 30-minute digital prequel to the series called “Before Mars,” which tells the story of Hana and Joon Seung, two sisters who will grow up to be key personnel on the Mars mission.

“[‘Before Mars’] presents a heartwarming, early narrative to Mars and reflects our desire to encourage all young people — especially young girls — to engage in science and exploration,” Andy Baker, SVP and global creative director for National Geographic Channels, told Variety.

Watch the full episode of “Before Mars” below along with a behind-the-scenes look. Mars premieres on the National Geographic Channel on November 14th.