It’s no secret that NASA wants to get humans to Mars

At the moment, the space agency’s guiding star is the dream of landing people on the red planet sometime in the not-too-distant future. But Hollywood already has them beat

In The Martian, Matt Damon plays astronaut Mark Watney, a NASA botanist who gets left behind on Mars after a dust storm forces the rest of his crew to leave the planet

In the film, Watney and his five crewmates were brought to Mars by a huge rotating spaceship called the Hermes, which was built in low-Earth orbit using a space station backed by the real-life private company SpaceX. Read more…

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How close are we to a real-life Mars mission, à la ‘The Martian’?