There’s a good chance that the first person who is going to walk on Mars is younger than you. While that thought settles in, check out the first trailer for an upcoming Netflix documentary about mankind’s vision for setting foot on the red planet, and the teen adventurers who might make that voyage first.
The documentary, The Mars Generation, follows a group of space trainees between the ages of 15 and 18 as they learn about human spaceflight at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. While letting viewers get to know these budding astronauts, engineers, and astrophysicists, the new flick will also explore the shape of the modern space race. Experts like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk will discuss the technology that’s in the works that could take us to space, as well as the relationship between the private sector and public sector — something Musk would know all about.
It looks as though the documentary is using would-be space-tykes as a way to explore how dreams need infrastructure and concrete plans in order to become a reality.
“We have an entire generation who want to go to Mars but all of that will fall on fallow soil if there isn’t some big mission where they can apply all that enthusiasm,” Tyson remarks during the trailer.
The Mars Generation hits Netflix on May 5.