We’re NASA’s Real Martians, working to send humans to the Red Planet. Ask us anything about Mars.
The film “The Martian” takes the work NASA and others have done exploring Mars and extends it into the future-- set in the 2030s-- when NASA astronauts are regularly traveling to Mars and living on the surface. Fiction mirrors reality. Right now NASA is working on the capabilities needed to send humans to the Red Planet. NASA Mars experts are here to answer your question about the realism of the movie plus NASA's journey to Mars!
Update: (12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m ET) Thank you for all of your great questions. Sorry we couldn’t get to everyone, but there were many similar questions asked throughout the AMA. Please read through the whole thread to see if your question was already answered. We will check back for the next couple of days and answer more as possible, but that’s all the time our Mars experts have today.
Participants will initial their replies:
- Michael Meyer, Lead Scientist, NASA’s Mars Exploration Program
- Todd May, Deputy Center Director for NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center
- Brian Muirhead, JPL Chief Engineer and former Project Manager of Pathfinder
Real Martians Feature: http://www.nasa.gov/feature/nine-real-nasa-technologies-in-the-martian