ISS Astronauts Read The Martian, Want to See the Movie on Opening Night

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 - 4:33PM
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Tuesday, 08 September 2015 - 4:33PM
ISS Astronauts Read The Martian, Want to See the Movie on Opening Night
Andy Weir has stated that he didn't know anyone in astrophysics when he wrote The Martian, and that he essentially only had Google on his side. But apparently there's no underestimating the powers of Google, as the novel is still considered to be a remarkably accurate work of science fiction. And the film will likely be even more accurate, as NASA is consulting on the science of the script. Fittingly, ISS astronauts Kjell Lindgren and Scott Kelly have both read the book, and are now excited to watch the movie, possibly on opening night.

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"It's neat to think about the trip we're going to have to Mars (someday)," said Lindgren during an orbital news conference (via CBS News). "I really enjoyed the book, and I'm looking forward to the movie. We're hopeful that we'll get a copy up here either on the day or release or soon thereafter."
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Lindgren also recounted his conversation with The Martian star Matt Damon, who recently toured JPL while doing research for his role in The Martian:

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"That was a lot of fun," Lindgren said. "We heard that Matt was touring JPL at the time and so we took the opportunity to call down. That was a neat conversation. It was certainly fun for us, and from the picture we saw of him at JPL, it looked like he was having fun as well."
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Kelly just began the historic Year in Space experiment, which will see him take a yearlong spaceflight in order to do a twin study with his astronaut twin brother, Mark, and shed more light on the effects of prolonged spaceflight on the human body. Although this is one of the longest spaceflights ever achieved, Kelly still said his experiences don't have much in common with a mission to Mars:

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"For the folks who go to Mars, especially the first time, it's going to be such an incredible destination and event that they're going to be really psyched up for getting there," Kelly said. "I'm not saying I'm not psyched up for the rest of this. But in some ways, almost being halfway through, a lot of what we're going to be doing is very similar to what we've already done."
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Kelly stated that there are many differences between a normal ISS voyage and a trip to Mars, chief among them that on the ISS, astronauts can shuttle back to Earth more easily and at different times:

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"And that obviously wouldn't happen on Mars," Kelly said. "That makes it a little bit different with people coming and going. So I think it's hard to compare the two experiences. But man, I'm excited by the folks who get to go to Mars someday."
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