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Mars: The Ultimate Voyage

Mars: The Ultimate Voyage takes viewers on a thrilling 2-year journey to Mars, exploring the challenges and triumphs of astronauts as they navigate deep space with creativity, communication, and collaboration.

Produced by

Todd Boyette, Ph.D., Denise Young, Ph.D., Sally Brummel, Jay Heinz, Michele Kloda, Holly Menninger

Directed by

Sally Brummel and Ben Fox

Project Description

On a 2 year journey across space, how will astronauts stay motivated? How will they stay healthy? What challenges will they face along the way? Mars: The Ultimate Voyage dives into these questions while showing what the first journey to Mars might look like—and how creativity, communication, and collaboration come together to ensure safe, deep space travel. The Bell Museum collaborated with NASA and the UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to create this new planetarium show. The work was funded by a NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) Award 80NSSC20M0028 to the Bell Museum through the Regents of the University of Minnesota.

About the Director

Sally Brummel is a visionary filmmaker and the Planetarium Manager at the Bell Museum. With over 24 years of experience in informal science education, she has been instrumental in producing over 25 original shows, captivating audiences with her creative storytelling and passion for space exploration.

Sally's latest project, "Mars: The Ultimate Voyage," directed alongside Ben Fox, takes viewers on a thrilling 2-year journey to Mars, showcasing the challenges faced by astronauts and the importance of creativity, communication, and collaboration in deep space travel. 

Screening Details

Project Runtime


Programming Block

Cosmic Frontiers: An Interstellar Journey

Screening Day & Time

May 03, 10:30 AM

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