The IMSF Mission to Mars.... Is This Real?

Mankind’s hope of living on Mars remains a dream... for now.

Thank you for your interest in National Geographic's global event series, MARS. Our groundbreaking programming is crafted to entertain and challenge curious explorers like you, and we’re honored to have your support.

The International Mars Science Foundation (IMSF) and its Mars mission are examples of a bold type of storytelling that fuses compelling fictional drama with authoritative input from the leading scientific minds of today.

Set in the year 2033, the interactive experience is intended to give our audience the thrill of being active participants in the first crewed mission to another planet. While the IMSF and its mission to Mars are fictional, the science that inspired the series is real.

One day in the not-so-distant future, humans will walk on Mars. Dreamers and scientists around the world are working hard to get us there. For now, National Geographic invites you to imagine what these monumental events might look like. We encourage you to play along and to bring your own perspective to this vision of humanity’s future.

Adventure Awaits on the Red Planet

Here's the good news. You can get a glimpse of what it might be like to join humanity's first mission to another planet by exploring everything has to offer.

  • Your personalized Martian adventure begins when you create a recruit profile and visualize how you’ll look in your own space suit. 
  • Virtual reality simulations will instantly transport you to the red planet to test special skills that will be useful during the Mars mission. 
  • Other challenges will evaluate how well your abilities could help you succeed in the Mars colony and assess your mission compatibility in five core categories.
  • Plus you’ll learn more about the MARS series characters, locations, and the people and science of today laying the foundation for a future mission that will really take humanity to Mars.

MARS: A Global Event Series

This November, join the International Mars Science Foundation and the brave crew of the Daedalus on humanity’s greatest quest: the mission to colonize Mars. Until then, launch your own Martian adventure at

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