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Why NASA scientists are excited about Matt Damon film 'The Martian'

Why NASA scientists are excited about Matt Damon film 'The Martian'

Fearing the wrath of his nerdy online followers, software engineer and amateur author Andy Weir spent countless hours digging through Google to perfect technical details in what became a popular 2012 e-book about an astronaut stranded on Mars. As director Ridley Scott turned Weir's bestseller into a movie, he had NASA guide him through making Mars and space exploration technically and visually accurate. The pair's adherence to science ended up producing a movie that has spawned excitement across NASA and the wider scientific community. "The Martian," starring Matt Damon and set to hit theaters Oct. 2, contains plenty of Hollywood drama and humor. But, said NASA...

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