Astronauts Treated to Early Screening of The Martian on the International Space Station

Monday, 21 September 2015 - 4:03AM
The Martian
Monday, 21 September 2015 - 4:03AM
Astronauts Treated to Early Screening of The Martian on the International Space Station
If you're spending a whole year in the cramped, exhausting environment of the International Space Station, getting some entertainment to take your mind off the continuous string of scientific operations is going to be rather important for you. Astronaut's Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko are currently embarking on such a journey, and this weekend the pair were joined by their fellow astronauts for a serious space bonus as the International Space Station hosted one of its famous movie nights. The movie of choice? Ridley Scott's The Martian.


The Martian stars Matt Damon as Mark Watney, a NASA astronaut who finds himself stranded on Mars after his crewmates are forced to evacuate the planet during a violent storm. What follows next is a desperate plot for survival and rescue that many in the scientific community have lauded for its grounding in hard science. With this in mind, it's unsurprising that when you leave NASA and a group of astronauts to pick a movie for a screening in space, a movie like The Martian won out, even though it isn't even released in theaters until October 2nd.

NASA actually advised Ridley Scott's team on the movie and recently revealed 9 Real-Life Space Technologies that will be featured in it. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has dubbed it the most-realistic sci-fi depiction of space travel of all time, and we've spoken to NASA engineers who have hired out private theater screens for the movie's opening day. To say that excitement around his tale of Martian survival is high would be an understatement.

We haven't heard how the astronauts liked The Martian yet, but for now let's just assume that they loved it.



The Martian is released in theaters everywhere on October 2nd
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