Neil deGrasse Tyson Tweets About The Martian
The @MartianMovie - where you experience Love, Hate, Envy, Anxiety, Pride, & Heroism, all through the lens of science.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 2, 2015
The @MartianMovie - where the protagonist survives not on Wit, Prayer, or Hope. but by "Sciencing the Shit" out of everything— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) October 2, 2015
From the start, The Martian has been presented as one of the most scientifically accurate sci-fi films ever made, and it looks like Tyson would definitely agree with that. In fact, some of his biggest issues with the realism of the film are that "all who make important decisions are scientifically literate" and that "the USA & China cooperate with one another in space." It's definitely sad that the most unrealistic aspects of a sci-fi film are that they envision decision makers as well informed and nations as entities actually capable of working together for the greater good.
Nevertheless, it seems that all geeks agree that The Martian was a fantastic film and a great tool to get the public eye back on the space program and science in general. With the recent discovery of liquid water on Mars and a planned mission to send astronauts into orbit around the red planet in 2033, it's never been more imperative for the world to see the possibilities of further exploration on the earth's closest planetary neighbor. Mankind is on the verge of doing a lot of really big things in space, and The Martian very well may help gain the support that is needed to do them!