I saw The Martian on Friday. Great adaptation of a great novel. Poor astronaut Watney had so many ordeals with his inflatable habitat. If only he’d had one of the new Martian igloos! (Insert paid programming here—“but wait, there’s more!”) Back in May, NASA announced a competition challenging innovators to design 3D printed habitats for space … Continue reading Location, Location, Radiation: Martian Real Estate
The Martian hits theaters today! I’m suspending my usual policy of avoiding opening-day movie crowds and going this afternoon: Andy Weir + Ridley Scott x Matt Damon = too good to wait. But there’s also some exciting non-fiction news from the Red Planet this week. On Monday, NASA confirmed that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) … Continue reading Story Fuel: NASA Confirms Liquid Water on Mars
Only twenty days until the adaptation of The Martian hits theaters! The sci-fi survival tale will undoubtedly fuel interest in the feasibility of real-life trips to the Red Planet. NASA head Charles Bolden anticipates such a mission could occur in the 2030s, although Martian author Andy Weir thinks 2050 is a more reasonable timeline. In either case, … Continue reading Melting Mars (Supervillain Style)
I'd been meaning to post a review of The Martian by Andy Weir for the last few months, but hadn't gotten around to it. Now I get to write something even more fun: a fangirl's thoughts on the movie adaptation! *SQUEAL* Weir's enthralling novel hits the big screen in October, and the trailer looks fantastic. The book's simple premise … Continue reading “The Martian” becomes a movie!