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‘The Martian’ preview: This is what it would be really like to live on Mars

Updated 4 years ago
Published Sep 17th, 2015 12:14PM EDT
The Martian How We'll Live Mars Infographic
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The Martian promises to be one of the hottest movies of the year and a great space film in general, one that’s been made with help from NASA. In fact, there are plenty of clever marketing tricks behind the movie starring Matt Damon and many other well-known actors, including impressive trailers that look like NASA documentaries. Damon is The Martian, who has to find ways to survive on the planet after being mistakenly left behind by his crew, who then have to get back to Mars to save him.

But that’s just the movie. The following graphic actually tells us what it’s going to be like to live on Mars for the first humans who get there.

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In the film, Damon tells the story of life on Mars for an astronaut who has to turn about a month’s worth of supplies into food, air and water that can sustain him for years. And then he’ll have to figure out how to contact Earth to tell everyone that he didn’t die.

But The Martian might not feature all the factual information about the red planet that you need to know. For example, a year on Mars has 687 days, and a day is almost 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth. Temperatures range from 70 degrees Fahrenheit to -100 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on where you live, and whether or not it’s sunny there.

More interesting details about how we’ll live on Mars are available in the following infographic, which was published by the TED team. For an even longer version, check Stephen Petranek’s How We’ll Live on Mars book, on which this great infographic is based.


Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.