The Cast of The Martian Asks NASA Astronauts About Life in Space

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 - 2:07PM
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Wednesday, 30 September 2015 - 2:07PM
The Cast of The Martian Asks NASA Astronauts About Life in Space
NASA has been heavily involved in the making of the Martian, consulting on the science of the script and providing the film with information about real-life technologies that would help a person survive Mars. The actors have also stated that they consulted with real-life astronauts for inspiration, and although filming is obviously over by now, the Martian cast asked several astronauts who are currently living on the ISS to tell them (and us) what it's really like to live in space:



In the above video, Ridley Scott, Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Michael Pena ask the astronauts, Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren, the former of whom are completing a Year in Space study, about their lives on the International Space Station. The questions range from deeply personal, such as the things the astronauts miss most about being on Earth (the freedom) to the really important question: whether they have Wi-fi (of course, how else could they post all of those amazing Earth from space pictures on social media?). 

But the funniest moment comes at the end, when Jessica Chastain is urged by astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, who has been helping the actress with her Martian role, to ask about the "infamous task" that the pilot has to carry out on the ISS:

Opening quote
"The pilot of the space shuttle is responsible for the maintenance of the toilet," Kelly admitted, shame-faced, but then rallied and defended himself. "Without a toilet, you're not going anywhere. So they will only entrust that to the most talented and capable person on the spacecraft."
Closing quote


The Martian comes out in theaters this weekend, starting on October 2.
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