Science fiction genre, whether books or movies, paint a beautiful picture full of possibilities. It is like magic, but a magic that can become true. It gives a futuristic view of the world where anything is possible with human inventions. Even though it would take decades before such technological, societal or medical advancements can take place, they are real.
For instance, when the cartoon ‘The Jetsons’ came along long ago, no one expected the scientific inventions to be real. However, years later, elevators, robots etc are all becoming real.
ANALYSING ‘The Martian’ AS SCIENCE FICTION
When it comes to discussing the science fiction movie that is most plausible, the clear winner is ‘The Martian’. The movie released in 2015 and is considered to be the most scientifically accurate movie in the history of Hollywood.
It is based partly on Andy Weir’s novel of the same name. Whether it is scientists, astrophysicists or regular beings, no one could stop gushing about the stupendous movie. This was considered to be the first movie to capture the human elements of space travel in an extremely realistic and professional way.
Every detail of the movie was accurate- right from the duties of the crew to the attitude of the team members towards survival strategies made by Mark Watney. The movie is bang on about each and every detail. The makers did thorough research on the subject and even consulted various source materials from NASA to do it right.
Various astronomers went ahead to see the movie and claimed that the movie is as realistic as it gets. The movie got so real that NASA is using the movie as a marketing campaign for their real manned mission to Mars (slated to take place in the 2030s).
- Dust storms- these do occur on Mars.
- Orbital Dynamics- the best part of the movie was that it actually conveys the accurate time taken for time travel between Earth and Mars. In other science fiction movies, it takes a minute or so to reach the destination. However, in reality, it would take eight months for reaching the surface of Mars.
- Martian soil- it is actually possible to grow plants in Martian soil.
- Tornadoes on Mars- as shown in the movie, Mars does sport tornadoes in form of dust whirlwinds.
- The habitat- NASA is actually considering using an inflatable habitat like the one used in the movie.
Whether it was the use of spacesuits throughout the movie, the use of solar panels, the life support systems or other scientific details, the movie seems to have everything bang on. The movie is scientifically accurate and highly plausible.