Can Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ Convince Congress to Send Humans to Mars?


Ridley Scott’s The Martian has generated a lot of buzz since the release of its first trailer, but is that buzz enough to convince Congress to send humans to Mars?

When the first trailer for Ridley Scott’s big screen adaptation of Andy Weir’s Sci-Fi novel The Martian was released, the response was so overwhelmingly positive that 20th Century Fox opted to move its release date forward in order to avoid big screen rivals such as James Bond, The Hunger Games, and Star Wars. Released on October 2nd, The Martian stars Matt Damon as astronaut Mark Watney who finds himself stranded on Mars when a violent forces his crewmates to abort their mission. If Weir’s book brought the notion of future Mars missions to readers, Scott’s movie will likely re-introduce a huge audience to the thrills and excitement of space travel, just like Gravity did back in 2013.

The potential for Scott’s movie to capture the imaginations of the masses is so huge, a group of space advocates are hoping they can capitalize on The Martian’s buzz and convince politicians to fund a real-life manned mission to Mars. Chris Carberry and Rick Zucker are key figures in the Explore Mars movement, an organization dedicated to the advocacy of the manned exploration of Mars. Yesterday Carberry and Zucker wrote an impassioned plea on The Space Review, calling for their fellow space advocates to use The Martian as impetus for a resurgence in the movement to get humans to Mars.

If space advocates are successful in harnessing the excitement surrounding The Martian-showing that this type of mission is an achievable goal in the next two decades-it can have a real impact on advancing this goal.

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