The Martian’s Ridley Scott and Matt Damon talk space exploration with real NASA scientists

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Aug 20, 2015, 6:25 PM EDT (Updated)

Much like recent sci-fi hits Interstellar and Gravity, Ridley Scott’s The Martian is attempting to tackle as much real science as possible. So, what better way to get the details right than chat up some real-life NASA astronauts?

That’s exactly what Scott, star Matt Damon and the book’s author, Andy Weir, did in this fascinating panel interview, which includes an astronaut and some folks from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). From the indomitable urge to explore space to the design of the film’s extremely cool space suit, they touch on several topics during the condensed 6-minute clip.

The film itself follows an astronaut (Damon) who is presumed dead during a storm and winds up abandoned on Mars. The film chronicles his efforts to survive with extremely limited resources on a planet pretty much designed to kill him. In parallel, it also tracks the Earth-based mission to rescue him. The trailers look stellar (no pun intended), and it seems to have a sharp wit and even sharper action chops. Who knows, maybe Scott and Damon can spark some fresh public interest in getting real humans to the Red Planet a little faster?

Check out the interview segment below and let us know what you think:

The Martian opens Oct. 2.

(Via /Film)

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