The atmosphere of Mars is only about 1/200th the density of Earth's. It does get 150km/h windstorms, but the inertia from the thin atmosphere is so small it would feel like a gentle breeze. So there's just no way a storm could do that kind of damage.
And it will feature a female lead!
The Martian is an extraordinary feel good film that really takes you into the idea that anything is possible if you focus on a desire, take action, don't let the setbacks bring you down and always move forward and believe. It takes the idea of positivity to a whole new level.
About a month ago, there were two things that I considered to be steadfastly and unavoidably true. The first was that I loved Matt Damon. The second was that I had a feeling significantly less than love for science fiction.
Truth be told, while much of what my fellow botanists and I do is pretty cool (and often challenging), there isn't much that would find its way into a blockbuster hero film. That is, until now.
Author Andy Weir is a former computer programmer who started working on a book idea in 2009 about an astronaut stranded on Mars. Six years later he's a full-time author with a pretty crackin' film adaptation of that book headed to theaters.
I saw three films in a row today at the Toronto International Film Festival that have generated heavy buzz in the early festival days of fall - and found that none of them actually has the makings of the awards-season juggernauts they're being touted as. In other words, don't believe the hype.
If the NASA scientists are right, The Martian could translate to a new generation of scientists from the ranks of young people sure to flock to this action-adventure science fiction film.
5. You're going to need food. Mark Witney knew that to survive Mars he was going to have to take what he had and make more