UChicago Science on the Screen together with Doc Films presents...

The martian

Watch a screening of 'The Martian' and join the discussion afterwards about Mars, icy moons and exoplanets with University of Chicago geophysical and planetary scientists Edwin Kite and Mohit Melwani Daswani moderated by Andy Davis, Chair and Professor of the Department of Geophysical Sciences.

Following are some of the topics and questions the panel will address:

  • Galactic cosmic radiation
  • Why is the air thin? (dust storm; launch of Mars Ascent Vehicle)
  • Why Watney is on Mars? (sample return vs. in-situ analysis)
  • Soil chemistry (growing potatoes)
  • Robot-human interaction (do we need humans?)

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Max Palevsky Cinema
Ida Noyes Hall
1212 E 59th St, Chicago, IL

Film running time: 144 minutes

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to earth that he is alive. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.

THE MARTIAN, a 2015 American science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, is based on Andy Weir's 2011 novel of the same name which was adapted into a screenplay by Drew Goddard.

A discussion and audience Q&A will follow the screening with:

adavis_0.jpgANDY DAVIS (Moderator)
Professor and Chair, Department of Geophysical Sciences
The University of Chicago

Senior Scientist, Enrico Fermi Institute

ekite_0.pngEDWIN KITE
Assistant Professor in Geophysical Sciences
The University of Chicago

Postdoctoral Scholar in Geophysical Sciences
The University of Chicago

$5 admission at the door. Open to the public

Science on the Screen, a program sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Office of the Vice President for Research and for National Laboratories, was created to further public understanding of science, technology, math and engineering through film and dialogue with the groundbreaking faculty of the University of Chicago.