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The Martian's ode to science

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Science  25 Sep 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6255, pp. 1432
DOI: 10.1126/science.349.6255.1432

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If you’re planning to watch The Martian, Ridley Scott's newest sci-fi extravaganza, get ready for a love story. The romantic lead isn't Mark Watney (Matt Damon), the intrepid astronaut hero who gets stranded on Mars after a NASA mission goes awry. It's science. Science spoke with director Ridley Scott; Andy Weir, whose debut novel provided the tale; and Jim Green, NASA's director of planetary science and an adviser on the film, to find out how they made movie magic while staying largely faithful to the science—leaving out a raging dust storm and a few other moments of implausibility.