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Science fiction duo looks at life after ‘The Martian’

What could be better than hearing a science fiction writer talk about how to create whole new worlds? How about doubling that to two science fiction writers? That was the case for a Seattle-area appearance by Andy Weir — the … Continue reading

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First Mars crews will steer robots from orbit

The first humans to reach Mars almost certainly won’t go down to the surface, but will manage fleets of rovers from Martian orbit. That’s the view of Andy Weir, the author behind a wildly popular space saga titled “The Martian.” … Continue reading

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‘Martian’ flower basks in the Oscar glow

Timing is everything, even when it comes to naming plant species. Bucknell University botanist Chris Martine found that out last fall, when he announced that a newly identified species of Australian bush tomato would be named after Mark Watney, the central character … Continue reading

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‘Martian’ spin-off video tackles sleep in space

How do you get your Z’s in zero-G? Sleeping in space is one of the subjects tackled in a new video series from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment that capitalizes on the buzz generated by “The Martian.” Fox’s “Life in Space” series is aimed … Continue reading

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Orbiter shows how risky ‘Martian’ trek would be

Marooned astronaut Mark Watney takes a harrowing trek from Mars’ Acidalia Planitia to Schiaparelli Crater in “The Martian,” which took the top spot on last weekend’s box-office list with $55 million. But pictures of the actual terrain from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter suggest … Continue reading

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Astronaut gives thumbs-up on ‘The Martian’

“The Martian” isn’t due to hit theaters until Oct. 2, but the highly anticipated man-vs.-Mars movie is already sparking some scientific nitpicking. So here’s some advice from NASA astronaut Michael Barratt: Don’t get hung up on what the filmmakers got … Continue reading

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