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3 science facts about 'The Martian'

Posted: 2:22 AM, Sep 29, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-29 02:22:11-04

Salt water on Mars!  A new study provides the "strongest evidence yet." Just in time for Matt Damon's latest movie, "The Martian."

The List 's Bradley Hasemeyer with 3 out of this world facts about Ridley Scott's new Mars adventure... now on The List !

  1. It was shot in Wadi Rum, Jordan because its desert is red.
  2. NASA wrote about fifty pages of the script.
  3. Everything in the film is based on reality, but embellished to look awesome on the big screen.

"The Martian" is a 2011 science fiction novel and the first published novel by American author Andy Weir. It was originally self-published in 2011. Crown Publishing later purchased the rights and re-released it in 2014.

The story follows an American astronaut Mark Watney as he becomes stranded alone on Mars and must improvise in order to survive.

The novel has been described as an "Apollo 13" meets "Cast Away."

The film adaptation of "The Martian" is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. It is scheduled to released in U.S. theaters on October 2, 2015.