Arts and Entertainment

Video: The Martian’s Matt Damon and NASA’s journey to Mars

Directed by Ridley Scott, The Martian is based on a best-selling novel by Andy Weir. Check out this Q& A with Matt Damon, Ridley Scott, Andy Weir, NASA’s Dr. Jim Green & Astronaut Drew Feustel at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Headquarters. NASA’s The Martian day included a NASA Mars Program presentation from Dr. Jim Green (head of…
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Cassandra Hsiao

March 14, 2016

Directed by Ridley Scott, The Martian is based on a best-selling novel by Andy Weir. Check out this Q& A with Matt Damon, Ridley Scott, Andy Weir, NASA’s Dr. Jim Green & Astronaut Drew Feustel at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Headquarters.

NASA’s The Martian day included a NASA Mars Program presentation from Dr. Jim Green (head of NASA’s Planetary Science Division). Dr. Green advised Ridley Scott on set of The Martian, which NASA says is the most scientifically accurate film that they have ever worked on. NASA also promoted its own strategy and plan for sending humans to Mars in the 2030s. A showcase of NASA’s Mars technology, including the SLS, was presented to the press.

Filmmakers also gave a glimpse at the first 40 minutes of the movie. From what I can tell, the adaptation does a good job of telling Mark’s story through log voice-overs/Go-Pro cameras and balancing that with the NASA bells and whistles. The fast pacing is a pleasant surprise as I initially pictured long montages/time lapses of passing Sols, but the movie kept my attention.

The world will be watching. Bring him home (in theaters) on October 22.

Column: How I secured an internship at UCLA

Column: How I secured an internship at UCLA

Getting an internship during high school can do wonders for your education, opportunities and not to mention college applications. As a high school junior, some of my friends have been looking for internship opportunities through programs offered at different...

Fountain Valley swim sinks Newport Harbor Sailors

Fountain Valley swim sinks Newport Harbor Sailors

Disclaimer: Reese Meister is a member of the FVHS swim team. Fountain Valley High School’s swim team competed against the Newport Harbor Sailors on April 19. The Barons ultimately pulled through with a narrow win with a final score of 496.5 points to 480.5 points. The...