Will Mars be home to humankind one day? We tend to imagine a future with huge human colonies already established, so I found it interesting to learn just how much work and planning goes into simply landing there. Getting a rover to Mars, as expert Bethany Ehlmann explains, involves scanning every pixel of the highest-resolution images to pinpoint the best landing site (0:54). With an entire planet to explore, it’s important to get it right!
(Read more about making Mars home in the latest issue of National Geographic magazine and watch MARS, the global event series premiering Monday, November 14 at 9/8c on National Geographic.)
—Jared Gair, associate producer