Science Vs. Cinema: The Martian

How accurate is the science in Ridley Scott’s latest film “The Martian“? Many science fiction films tend to be just that: fiction. Some of them are more fantastical than others, and some are much more grounded in reality. Where does The Martian lie?

Science Vs. Cinema “examined every scientific subject including Getting Your Ass to Mars, Martian Weather & Gravity, Rover Technology, Mark Watney as the MacGyver of Mars, and the film’s portrayal of NASA astronauts and scientists.” (YouTube)

It’s an interesting watch, and has some great interviews with members of the cast and crew of the film, as well as scientists working at NASA. Overall, it passed four out of the six tests, cheated in one of them, and only failed once (concerning gravity and movement). A very solid performance for all involved.

If you haven’t seen the film yet, I highly recommend it, not only for the scientific accuracy, but also just because it’s a great piece of cinema. Onwards!

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