Brian Cox: Seven Days On Mars is coming soon and will blow your mind

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8 Jun 2022, 09:53

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Is there life on Mars? Are aliens real? We're about to have our brains blown by Professor Brian Cox who is set to go behind the scenes at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) mission control for Mars 2020.

In 1980, an ambitious mini Brian Cox wrote to Nasa’s (JPL) requesting pictures from their Voyager and Viking mission to Mars which set his passion on fire to become a physicist.

Forty years later, he's been given VIP JPL access to key mission areas that few are able to get involved in.

In the new BBC Two programme, the prof will be seen spending a week with the team who 'guide the Perseverance rover and the Ingenuity helicopter across the surface of Mars during a critical stage of the mission'.

The aim? To investigate who and what lived on the surface of Mars in an area called Jezero Crater, which was filled by a vast lake 3.8 billion years ago.

Will he find evidence of life? Could everything we know about ET life in the universe change? And do aliens really exist?

Brian Cox: Seven Days On Mars airs Friday 17th June at 9pm on BBC Two.