NASA says they’ll make it to Mars sometime in the 2030s, but author Andy Weir, who is seeing his book “The Martian” being turned into a blockbuster sci-fi effort by Ridley Scott, thinks we’ll be waiting a bit longer for astronauts to hit the red planet. “My stock answer is probably around 2050,” he said in a recent Q&A at George Washington University (via Daily Mail). “I know that sounds further away than most people would like to hear, but the technology necessary to get there and the costs of getting there are just very high and it’s a big challenge.” But thankfully there’s fiction to get us there a bit sooner.
Following the meet and greet with the crew, the first trailer for “The Martian” has dropped. Featuring a star studded ensemble including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mackenzie Davis, Sean Bean, Donald Glover and Naomi Scott, the story follows an astronaut left stranded on a Martian colony, who must fight to survive as NASA mounts a rescue mission to bring him back home.
“The Martian” arrives on November 25th. Watch below.