Based on the best-selling book of the same title by Andy Weir, the film tells of the first manned mission to Mars and the events that unfold when something goes terribly wrong on the red planet.
The famed film director ("American Gangster," "Black Hawk Down," "Blade Runner," "Alien") says he tried to adhere to a realistic scientific portrayal of such a mission, but Hollywood storytelling often requires some poetic as well as scientific license.
So, how did he do? We'll get the scientific reviews of "The Martian" from two Adler Planetarium astronomers as well as a DePaul University psychology professor.
Among the topics we’ll discuss is the psychological impact of long-term space travel and group dynamics. NASA just happens to have published a book about it. It's titled "Psychology of Space Exploration: Contemporary Research in Historical Perspective," and you can read it in its entirety here.
Joining us are Michelle Nichols, Master Educator at the Adler Planetarium; Mark Hammergren, Ph.D., an astronomer and asteroid expert at the Adler Planetarium; and Suzanne Bell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Industrial & Organizational Psychology at DePaul University.
Watch a trailer for "The Martian" below. Already seen the film? Write your own review.