20th Century Fox has released a new video called Our Greatest Adventure in anticipation of their upcoming film, The Martian, in theaters October 3. Neil deGrasse Tyson examines the upcoming Ares 3 mission and their Journey To Mars on this special episode of StarTalk. The video sets up when this story is set, with Neil deGrasse Tyson revealing that the first mission to Mars took place "way back in 2029," before highlighting new details about the Ares 3 mission.
The video reveals that this mission takes place on the Hermes space station, with Neil deGrasse Tyson explaining that the Hermes is the most complex and expensive machine ever built, which remains "harbored" in low Earth orbit between its various missions. He also explains that it will take 124 days to make the 140 million mile journey to Mars, where the Ares crew will spend a month in a special compound that will protect them from all of the life-threatening Martian elements. He also posits that, depending on what the astronauts discover, Earth may not be humanity's "final resting place."
The Martian centers on this manned mission to Mars, that doesn't go exactly as planned. Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission.
As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return. Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, The Martian features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover. The Martian hits movie theaters on October 2, where it is the only film playing in wide release playing that weekend.
With its star-studded cast and high-concept premise, do you think The Martian has what it takes to put up big box office numbers like Gravity and Interstellar? Or will it crash and burn upon arrival in theaters this fall? Check out this unique four-minute video and let us know what you think.