NASA And The Movie Martian – What’s The Connection

 

Credit : nbcnews.com
Credit : nbcnews.com

Seldom do you come across a movie that makes noises for all the right reasons.

The Movie Martian is one such movie that has been striking many a chord across many a nation in the world. The out- of- the- box concept and the realistic cinematography has unfailingly wowed audiences around the globe, and it’s hardly surprising that the makers are laughing all the way to the bank coffers.

What’s more, the foremost astronomical institute of the world, one that has made many a jaw- dropping breakthrough, NASA, too has developed a soft corner for the film. ‘Soft- corner’ would perhaps be an under- statement, because, it’s something much more substantially prodigious.

NASA’s love and support for The Martian movie appears to have no boundaries, to put it straight. In yet another publicity stunt for the 2015 film, the space agency went ahead to post images clicked by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, demonstrating precisely where the stranded astronaut Mark Watney, enacted on screen by Matt Damon, would have been staying on the Red Planet. The telling images vividly depict the Ares 3 site, where Watney’s habitat was supposed to have been located in the movie, along with the different types of terrain he would have required to overcome to attain salvation.

NASA, quite pleasingly, has been seen extremely excited about the release of The Martian movie for the past few months. Leading up to the film’s premiere, the space agency has conducted many an interview with the cast of the movie, has openly brought into limelight the real- life technologies used by Matt Damon’s character Mark Watney, and unabated made sure that everyone bears in mind that NASA has incumbent plans of visiting Mars for real sometime in the 2030s.

All of the images were clicked with the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment, or HiRISE — the main imaging instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. To find the precise location of the fictional Ares 3 site, the author of The Martian, Andy Weir, provided the accurate coordinates he wanted, to the HiRISE team. And respond they did, with flying colors. One can safely state that it is palpably a‘win- win’situation for both parties involved, with both helping each other to monstrous benefits symbiotically.

To see a body as esteemed as NASA put it’s weight behind a big- ticket Hollywood film is an occurrence as rare as they come, but when the movie happens to be one that glorifies NASA in every possible manner(something that’s richly- deserved) , you know the space- explorer in you is in for ‘the time of his life’.

Author : Kaustav Deb

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