September 30, 2015

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REALISM MAKES 'THE MARTIAN' ONE OF THE GREATEST SCI-FI FILMS OF ALL TIME : ALMOST AS GOOD AS THE BOOK (Sarah Fecht, 9/30/15, pOPULAR sCience)


It almost feels wrong to label The Martian as science fiction. Based on the book that computer programmer Andy Weir researched for three years, the movie feels like it could happen in real life any day now. You'll find no suspended animation, jump drives, or wormholes in this flick--just technologies that NASA is already using or could develop in the near future.

True, in real life we're not headed for Mars anytime soon. America doesn't even have a spacecraft to get us there, let alone a habitat to keep us alive while we're there. But if and when we do go to Mars, it's probably going to look a lot like you'll see in The Martian, according to a panel of NASA scientists and engineers who spoke at Columbia University on Sunday.

"To the level of detail that you see in the film and in the book," Dave Lavery from NASA's Solar System Exploration program told Popular Science after the panel, "it overall is actually pretty closely in line with what we've been thinking."

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