Project Manager for the Mars Exploration Rover mission at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) John Callas, left, Author of “The Martian” Andy Weir, and NASA Astronaut Drew Feustel, participate in JPL employee panel discussion about NASA’s journey to Mars and the film, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at JPL in Pasadena, California. NASA scientists and engineers served as technical consultants on the film. The movie portrays a realistic view of the climate and topography of Mars, based on NASA data, and some of the challenges NASA faces as we prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet in the 2030s.
Bob Barboza received an advance reader’s edition of the book “The Martin” about two years ago. He was excited about the novel and predicted that it would be made into a move. ” I ended up reading the book and listening to the audio CD’s. I then called Andy Weir and we setup a Kids Talk Radio Science interview. At that point I new that I was going to work some of this into the “Occupy Mars Learning Adventures.”, said Bob Barboza.