NASA and “The Martian”

The film “The Martian” takes the work NASA and others have done exploring Mars and extends it into fiction set in the 2030s, when NASA astronauts are regularly traveling to Mars and living on the surface. NASA has collaborated on this film with 20th Century Fox Entertainment, providing guidance on production design and technical consultants, including Jim Green, director of planetary science, and Dave Lavery, program executive for solar system exploration.   Astronaut Tracey Caldwell-Dyson also provided advice and guidance to actress Jessica Chastain as she prepared for her role in the film. Across NASA, dozens of people are already working on the technologies humans will need when they begin to explore Mars.

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