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The Martian (12A) + Presentation by Professor Neil Gershenfeld

Science on Screen

Matt Damon in an orange space suit on a dusty, desert-style landscape in The Martian

Stranded on Mars after being left for dead by his crew, botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon) must find a way to survive alone on the Red Planet.

Knowing that it may take years to be rescued, if ever, Mark begins to adapt to life alone, growing potatoes and creating video diaries that may never be viewed.  Nuanced, funny and a fascinating exploration of self-sufficiency, this is a touching intergalactic tale that’s ultimately about the human condition.

We're delighted to welcome Professor Neil Gershenfeld, Director of MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms, to show the audience how to go to Mars without any luggage and explain the implications for sustainability of life back on Earth. He contributed to a bonus video for the Martian Extended Edition on how to bootstrap a civilization.

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US 2015 Dir Ridley Scott 142 min

Presented in partnership with the London Mathematical Laboratory


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