STAYING ALIVE. The countdown has begun for the 21st century’s most heroic and potentially deadliest expedition - the first manned mission to Mars – and back. Produced by Galafilm Inc., Mars Rising offers a comprehensive six-part examination of the challenges, the obstacles, the fears and the successes of the mission. Over 300 experts with diverse backgrounds and nationalities contributed their knowledge to the series - experts in fields such as rocket fuel and lifeforms, crew selection and training, mission and space suit engineering, medicine, life support systems and robotics.