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‘The Martian’ Movie Updates: Ridley Scott film screened in space for crew of International Space Station; NASA revealed real technology used

Promotional photograph of Matt Damon as Astronaut Mark Watney in The Martian (Credit: The Martian / Facebook) Promotional photograph of Matt Damon as Astronaut Mark Watney in The Martian on their official Facebook account. Caption: See Matt Damon as botanist Mark Watney in The Martian, in theaters this October.
September 21
9:27 AM 2015

'The Martian' was screened in outer space for the crew of the International Space Station. Astronaut Kjell Lindgren shared the special viewing aboard the spacecraft on his personal social media account. NASA revealed the authenticity of some technology used in the film.

According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox arranged for the exclusive screening for astronauts in the International Space Station. Dr. Kjell Lindgren, a member of the NASA Atronaut Group 20 and the team's flight surgeon, recently tweeted about their interesting experience aboard their space craft. The photograph was captioned, "Movie night! What a treat to watch #TheMartian while in space and see reflections of our own #JourneyToMars!"

This was reminiscent of astronaut-engineer Scott Kelly's live tweet last April when the crew was treated to a previous screening of 'Gravity' in space, according to Mashable. It was reported that the space crew used an HD projector for 'The Martian' and that they enjoy watching space disaster movies despite the irony. It was also revealed that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) served as an advisor for the film based on author Andy Weir's science-fiction novel.

It was interesting to note that several advanced technologies featured in the film is already being developed by NASA, according to their official website. Simulated habitats, fresh food production systems for space crops, water recovery systems, oxygen generation systems, and Mars rovers and spacesuits are some of the technologies currently in development at the aeronautics and aerospace agency.

'The Martian' is an upcoming science-fiction and adventure film to be released on October 2, 2015. It tells the story of Mark Watney, an astronaut stranded on the desolate planet of Mars, after a fierce storm forced his crew to abandon him. The film is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Sean Bean and Sebastian Stan.

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