The Habitat

Life on Mars. Sort of.

The true story of six volunteers picked to live on a fake planet.

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About The Habitat

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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Like the music from the series? Well, we have a soundtrack! It features original compositions by Haley Shaw, plus seven killer covers of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Click below to listen:

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The Team

Lynn Levy

Lynn is a Sr. Development Producer at Gimlet. She’s been a producer for Radiolab and Studio 360, and she made an audio walking tour of Austin, TX for Detour.

Peter Bresnan

Peter is a producer on Heavyweight. He was the creator of the podcast series Tell Me I’m Funny, and is a graduate of the Transom Story Workshop.

Haley Shaw

Haley creates sound design and music and mixes audio for Gimlet. Prior, she worked in audio post production for film. She likes ~weird~ sounds and wants you to like them too.

Megan Tan

Megan is a contract producer at Gimlet. Previously, she created and hosted the podcast Millennial. Before audio, she was a photojournalist and made short documentaries.