Ron Howard: Space race is on
Director Ron Howard’s new series on humans colonising Mars is out of this world, writes Shannon Molloy
HOLLYWOOD legend Ron Howard is many things – actor, producer, director, father and, more recently, a passionate advocate for the colonisation of Mars.
Man will set foot on the red planet within two decades, and it’ll be more than a passing visit, he says.
According to Howard, we will resettle a chunk of our population there in a bid to save our species.
“I always thought of Mars like how I’d thought of the moon – a place to go to better humanity’s understanding, a terrific and romantic idea,” he says.
That was until he started work on the bold new TV series MARS and concluded that settling there is our only hope of survival.
“As I began to read more and talk to experts, I saw it very differently,” Howard says. “I saw immediate colonisation of Mars as a very wise idea, a worthy ambition and a way of perpetuating our species and restoring this planet before it’s too late.”
The show is part modernday documentary featuring an array of experts, and part highspec drama telling the fictional tale of a manned mission to our planetary neighbour in the year 2033.
Howard insists this is a magnificent glimpse at our very real future. “It’s just around the corner,” he says.
Howard has long been fascinated with space. In the ’90s, he put that passion into his work and directed blockbuster film Apollo 13, as well as producing the TV miniseries From The Earth To The Moon.
“I appreciate the beauty of it, its incomprehensibility. It doesn’t make me want to go, but the deeper mystery of it astounds me,” he says.
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