A chronicle of our centuries-long cultural, scientific fascination with the red planet. Set in a "three-act" form, Patrick Stewart weaves a dramatic narrative.
Come along on a captivating scientific and historical exploration of the planet Mars!
MarsQuest is a chronicle tracing our centuries-long cultural and scientific fascination with the planet Mars. Set in a theatrical style “three-act” form with an epilogue, it weaves a satisfying narrative of what Mars means to humanity.
In the first section, “Homage,” we trace Mars through history — from an “incantation” of the various War God forms given by different cultures, to the early observations of Schiaparelli and Lowell, and the infamous “canals” which led to science-fiction stories about Martians. We hear excerpts from H. G. Wells “War Of The Worlds” and Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Barsoom” novels.
“Mars In Focus” details the Mars of our time — as seen in the night sky, through binoculars and telescopes, and from our Mars explorations. Mission findings from more than a quarter century of spacecraft missions feature reports on Mars weather, climate, and areology. We compare the climate and terrain of Earth and Mars, and present the current thinking about the areologic history of the planet, and a rationale for future exploration.
“Mars In The Future” examines where on Earth we can prepare to live on Mars, what will be needed to get crewed missions there, and what the first landing may be like.
The show ends with “Rhapsody On A Red Planet,” a poetically-styled “ode to Mars”, this time from a future perspective; an eloquent soliloquy tracing the efforts that led to our first footsteps onto the desolate and dusty Martian surface.
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