Monday afternoon, the employees from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, got a preview of the biggest sci-fi movie of the year, Ridley Scott’s “The Martian”. More than 360 employees left the theater in excitement, because they believe to have witnessed one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time.
In return for NASA’s help and involvement for “The Martian”, director Ridley Scott decided to screen his latest sci-fi blockbuster in all cities near NASA’s major centers, and one of them was Huntsville, Alabama. As the credits started rolling in the 3D theaters, all the privileged employees applauded as hard as they could. After they left the theater, NASA employees all said to a reported that Scott’s latest movie was fantastic. Some even went as far as saying that it was better than Blade Runner and Alien, the two legendary sci-fi movies created by Scott some 30 years ago.
“The Martian” was adapted from Andy Weir’s book with the same name. The book is about an abandoned astronaut that is stuck on Mars and NASA’s attempt to rescue him. The movie is starring superstar Matt Damon and it’s scheduled to be released October 2 for wide audiences.
The egineers and scientists from working at NASA promised audiences that the movie is as realistic as it gets. They strongly recommend everyone to watch the movie once it enters the theaters.
Les Johnson, from Marshall Space Flight Center, said that the creators of the movie did an excellent job in simulating something that they might actually achieve in the very near future.
The life or death plot spotlighted some of the many skills that NASA centers typically covers, from computers hacking their own systems to scientists programming flight trajectories so intricate that they need supercomputers do all their calculations.
After finishing watching the movie, the executive director of the US Space and Rocket Center, Deborah Barnhart, said that it is exciting to finally see a movie that realistically shows the challenges of space technology. Barnhart added that the movie is not afraid to show what are the real challenges of space, but at the same time it also shows how your average day at NASA can shape you into a person that loves to solve such problems, one after another.
Johnson agreed with Barnhart’s statement, saying that this is what they are there for and that is what working at NASA is all about.
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