ISS Astronauts Watched “The Martian” In Space

Posted: Sep 21 2015, 1:27am CDT | by , Updated: Sep 21 2015, 9:24pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News


ISS Astronauts Watched “The Martian” in Space
Credit: 20th Century Fox

The upcoming space disaster movie is based on a journey to Mars where an astronaut becomes stranded alone and fights for his survival.

This weekend, astronauts at International Space Station (ISS) entertained themselves with the upcoming space travel movie “The Martian”.  This was the special screening of the movie for the astronauts aboard ISS as the movie has not been released in theaters yet.

Astronaut Scott Kelly shared a photo on his Twitter account, showing the crew enjoying the movie in microgravity conditions in outer space.

“The Martian” is based on the 2011 novel of author Andy Weir. The movie features Matt Damon in the lead role. He is playing an astronaut whose mission to Mars goes amiss and he gets stuck on the distant planet. The astronaut was presumed dead and had to fight for his survival in tough conditions. The Martian is set to open in theaters on October 2.

This is not the first time that the astronauts have watched a movie in space and seemingly they enjoy space disaster flicks. Back in April, they got a sneak peak at the movie “Gravity”, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney where astronauts were, again, stranded in space. 

NASA collaborated with 20th Century Fox to make “The Martian” and provided guidance on production design and technical consultants. The national space agency wants to make people more aware about their work and space exploration. NASA is planning to send people on Mars in the years to come so these kinds of collaborations will help them make their perspective clear in front of the people. The Martian takes place 20 years in future, in 2025, exactly the time when NASA is expected to send humans of Red Planet.

Currently, American astronaut Kelly Scott and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko are aboard International Space Station and gathering information about future space journeys. They are more than halfway through their one-year mission in space.

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