Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains The Mission Behind ‘The Martian’

Just from the first couple of trailers alone, it’s pretty evident that Ridley Scott’s upcoming The Martian is putting plenty of emphasis on the “sci” part of “sci-fi.” There’s already been a couple of videos featuring the movie’s cast, in character, discussing the manned mission to the red planet. Now, 20th Century Fox takes this even further with a epic promo video featuring one of the most visible figures in science today — Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The head of the Hayden Planetarium in New York as well as the host of last year’s Cosmos revival on Fox, Tyson has long been a vocal cheerleader for a real-life manned expedition to Mars. The video itself describes the fictional-but-based-on-real science and technology of the mission in the film, in the same way you’d actually expect NASA to. They also went to the extra effort of making Tyson look older — he mentions early on in the video that the original manned mission took place “back in 2029,” at which point Tyson will have been — or will be or… whatever, you know what I mean — 71 years old.

The Martian, starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, hits theaters on Oct. 2.

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