New Clip from The Martian: Donald Glover Explains the Slingshot Trajectory to Get Back to Mars

Friday, 11 September 2015 - 11:17AM
The Martian
Friday, 11 September 2015 - 11:17AM
New Clip from The Martian: Donald Glover Explains the Slingshot Trajectory to Get Back to Mars
In this new clip from The Martian, Donald Glover's astrophysicist Rich Purnell explains the risky plan to get the Hermes and the Ares 3 crew back to Mars to save Mark Watney:



Glover's character explains in his own, very informal way, that the Hermes would take a slingshot trajectory around Earth, gaining momentum by taking advantage of Earth's gravitational force and accelerating back towards Mars. While it passes Earth, it is supposed to receive a resupply pod from NASA which, if you've read the novel, you know becomes a point of contention, to say the least. 

The clip shows promise, just like most of the other promotional materials for the film. Glover is charismatic and seems perfect for the role, while the ever-talented Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kristen Wiig both managed to demonstrate some charm while barely uttering any lines. Jeff Daniels's turn as the head of NASA seems weirdly villainous based on this clip alone, but we all know that NASA had lots of input, so he's probably not as bad as he seems.

The Martian hits theaters on October 2.

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