At least Hollywood is keeping NASA crew members entertained on the International Space Station (ISS), where astronauts got the first look at ‘The Martian’ movie, an upcoming motion picture that will be this year’s space disaster flick.
- The movie will officially premiere on October 2nd, 2015 in the U.S.
- NASA’s astronauts received an advanced preview on September 17th
- The story sees to an astronaut (Matt Damon) stuck on Mars
- Real-life astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgre on the ISS read the novel it’s based on by Andy Weir
Astronaut Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren alike hopped on Twitter and shared pictures of their movie night on board of the ISS, where they all received an advanced screening of Matt Damon’s expected next big hit ‘The Martian’. The theme? Being stranded in outer space, of course.
The movie is not set for an official release on Earth until October 2nd of this year, but has premiered this weekend on September 20th in space for real-life astronauts to view the fictional story based on Andy Weir’s best-selling novel. It’s certainly not a bad way to show support, albeit in the form of entertainment, though that could be quite valuable in the dull surroundings and routine on the ISS.
‘The Martian’ stars Matt Damon, best known for his ‘Bourne’ series or breakthrough debut in ‘Good Will Hunting’, as Astronaut Mark Watney, who is presumed dead after a disaster mission on Mars and left behind by his crew in the wakes of an unpredicted storm. However, Watney survives, and needs to rely on his own ingenuity and skills to live, remain sane, and contact Earth rescue parties.
Directed by Oscar-nominated director, Ridley Scott, who is known for other space flicks such as ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Alien’, the movie will not see its earth realm premiere until next week to depict the story of Mark Watney’s struggles on the Red Planet.
It could be said that it’s quite appropriate, not only because its preview was seen by astronauts, but also because real-life astronaut Scott Kelly is currently on the ISS with the purpose of helping future manned missions to Mars.
However, it can’t exactly be the most encouraging of movies.
Crew members on the ISS seem to have a habit of watching space disasters in space, such as last year’s ‘Gravity’, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, which features another astronaut stuck in space. It’s the 21st century’s version of watching ‘Jaws’ while in the middle of the ocean.
The star studded cast of ‘The Martian’ sees to the work of Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Sean Bean, Sebastian Stan, Jeff Daniels, Michael Glover, and the aforementioned Matt Damon as the isolated astronaut on Mars. Which isn’t a first for the actor, who also played Astronaut Mann in last year’s hit ‘Interstellar’, another astronaut caught on a hostile planet.
The crew on the ISS were given the first peek at the upcoming movie, with both Kelly and Lindgren mentioning that they had read and were great fans of its novel. They also reported chatting with Matt Damon only last month when the actor was touring NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL).
However, it can be stated that the astronauts do get daily entertainment regardless, in the form of stunning views and spectacular events witnessed from far above our planet that are just outside their window.
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