Ridley Scott’s fictional space adventure film “The Martian” has had a stellar first couple of weeks at the box office, grossing more than $108 million since its release and getting big thumbs up from the space geek community.
Matt Damon stars in this Robinson Crusoe story set in the early 2030s, millions of miles away from Earth, as astronaut Mark Watney is left marooned on the surface of the Red Planet and is forced to figure out a way to survive. A big part of what is drawing rave reviews from scientists and space nerds is that this ambitious film based on the bestselling novel gets the big things right – like the fact that the Mars environment allows explorers, with access to the right technology, to survive and that the planet actually has the basic ingredients for supporting life.
Adding to the excitement for the film is NASA’s recent big announcement that they have stumbled across the hardest evidence yet for seasonal flowing wateron Mars. They have spotted dribble-likeRead More »from How much of the science did 'The Martian' get right?