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The Martian - science fiction and science fact

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The Martian - science fiction and science fact

The St Cross Centre for the History and Philosophy of Physics (HAPP), supported by the Department of Physics, are hosting this lecture by NASA Chief Scientist, Dr Jim Green.

Andy Weir’s bestselling book about an astronaut stranded on Mars was brought to life in Ridley Scott’s film, The Martian. Before production started, Ridley called NASA to obtain information about NASA’s plans for human exploration of Mars as well as the science of Mars that would contribute to a realistic look and feel of the film in keeping with the approach laid out in the book. An intense period of interaction over several months followed between Ridley’s design team and NASA’s Journey to Mars personnel on everything from habitats and Mars terrains to vehicles, spacesuits, ion engines and radioisotope power systems. The result was a tremendously popular and award-winning film. As one of the main consultants on the film, Dr Jim Green will discuss what NASA’s real plans and challenges are to sending humans to Mars in comparison with this fictional account.

This event is free however registration is required.

Zoom details for the event will be sent to registered attendees after the registration deadline has closed.