On a remote mountain in Hawaii, there's a fake planet Mars. Six volunteers are secluded in an imitation Mars habitat where they will work as imitation astronauts for one very real year. The goal: to help NASA understand what life might be like on the red planet—and plan for the day when the dress rehearsals are over, and we blast off for real. Host Lynn Levy has been chronicling this experiment from the moment the crew set foot in their habitat, communicating with them through audio diaries that detail their discoveries, their frustrations, and their evolving and devolving relationships with each other. From those diaries, Gimlet Media has crafted an addictive serialized documentary: the true story of a fake planet.

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"We were in a relationship! I had no idea."
"I had to get on stage and make a bunch of people laugh. And how the hell was I gonna do that?"
"A lot of things are about to change in my life, because I know who I am now."
"People don't write reviews about radio mystery theatre. They don't give you Pulitzer prizes."