Monday, October 12, 2015
Hollywood is notorious for ignoring science in its drive to tell cinematic stories, so it was smart PR to contact NASA for help in filming the current release, The Martian. NASA saw and took the opportunity to help and coincidentally announced proof of water on Mars about the time of the film's release. Most science fiction, like Star Wars, makes no effort to restrain the creativity of the film maker, and that is good in its own way. But, the effort to get the scientific details right adds credibility to a film. So, kudos to the director and to the space agency for working together.