ISRO scientists give thumbs up to ‘The Martian’

Bengaluru, Sep 25 (IANS) A group of scientists from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have thoroughly enjoyed Ridley Scott’s forthcoming space drama “The Martian” at a special screening of the film here.

The screening on Thursday was also attended by ten members from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

“I think the technology that they have shown and used, and the demonstration of working of spaceships were good. They have received guidance from NASA. The film offers a good insight into the workings of space science. I felt you actually touched Mars, especially with the 3D glasses with which you view the film,” S. Arunan, a senior ISRO scientist, said in a statement.

The director had sent out a message to the scientists as well.

In the message, Scott said: “Namaste, esteemed scientists of the ISRO! I am Ridley Scott, director of the movie which you are about to watch. I guess I have something in common with most of you here; and that’s the love for science and space, a subject which has always fascinated me, as some of you would have seen in my earlier films.”

“Heartiest congratulations to you and India on the first anniversary of the successful Mars orbit mission (September 24). ‘The Martian’ is also about an ambitious Mars Mission but more importantly it’s about the human spirit.”

“When a human mission to Mars goes awry and a scientist gets left behind on Mars, scientists all around Earth collaborate to find a way to rescue him. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I and my team enjoyed making it.”

The film features Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney who, when presumed dead on a mission to Mars, has to survive until rescue arrives.

“The Martian” also features Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover in important roles.

The film releases in India on October 2 and will be dubbed in three languages – Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

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