‘Touching the Void’ production house will film Mars One astronaut training competition

Mars One, the organization attempting a Martian colonization mission in 2025, has always said it would fund its project partly through a TV show about the training and selection of its citizen astronauts. Now, it’s found a partner for that show: a subsidiary of Endemol, the entertainment company best known for Big Brother. UK-based production house DSP focuses on documentaries and dramas, including Touching the Void, a critically acclaimed 2003 film about climbers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates’ nearly fatal attempt to climb the Siula Grande in Peru. It’s also produced TV specials about space tourism and the end of the Space Shuttle program. With Mars One, it will film what the companies say will be a series broadcast “around the world.”

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