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Let’s just get this out of the way now – no human has ever set foot on Mars.
But it seems that some viewers of Ridley Scott’s new film, “The Martian,” thought the movie was based on a true story.
Just found out The Martian isn’t based on a true story, honestly pretty disappointed
— SkeletonMan (@shutupromin) October 7, 2015
Sometimes I’m smart, and sometimes I google “is the martian based on a true story”. For the record it is definitely not.
— Rebecca R (@raerennie) September 23, 2015
Overheard two people talking at Panera about how THE MARTIAN was “based on a true story.”
— Mαtt Thomαs (@mattthomas) October 2, 2015
Heard a girl say to her boyfriend on the way out of The Martian ‘was that true story?’
I couldn’t believe he didn’t dump her on the spot!
— Brian Maher (@MrBrianMaher) October 2, 2015
At 2:46am – “what do you mean no one has been to Mars? You mean, The Martian isn’t based on a true story?” –@lucyliz
— Kae (@kaeepet) October 3, 2015
kelley o’hara, a stanford graduate, thought the martian movie was based off of a true story
— renee (@oharamorgans) October 4, 2015
Now, yes, a lot of real science is used in “The Martian,” which showcases actual technology used by NASA and mentions the real story about NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory having come into existence after Caltech students set their dorm on fire.
But the stranding of astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon) on Mars is fiction.