The government finally commits to a manned mission to Mars. Options are debated and unexpected controversial decisions are made as the expedition turns from a scientific voyage to colonization. The program becomes a second space race as a second county tries to reach Mars first and stake their claim. Competition to be the first on Mars goes right done to the wire. Travel to Mars and its exploration is full of dangers and surprises with the travelers experience their share. The conclusion of the race is one no one expected.