No, the six-part, six-hour National Geographic series is not the first show about the first manned mission to the planet Mars.
That’s been done repeatedly for more than a century — starting with the 1902 silent film “La Voyage dans la Lune” (“A Trip to the Moon”).
But this latest “MARS” journey, beginning Monday, is an amalgam for which there is no easy description. It’s part drama — the story of a team of astronauts in the year 2033 who travel to the Red Planet.
And it’s part documentary — the drama is broken up by segments that feature experts talking about what that trip will be like and segments showing present-day scientists hard at work so that the trip will one day be possible.