The Martian

Cable Car Cinema Providence, RI


Peter Schultz

Professor of Geological Science, Brown University


Ian Dell'Antonio

Professor of Physics, Brown University


Richard Gaitskill

Professor of Physics (Dark Matter), Brown University‚Äč‚Äč

The Martian— Can humans live on other planets?

At this outdoor screening at Brown University's Ladd Observatory, a panel of experts will debate the possibility of and obstacles to humans inhabiting other planets. After the film, the observatory will be open for star gazing, with a great view of Jupiter through the telescope.

Cable Car Cinema Providence, RI

Film Synopsis

When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney, presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must use his wits, spirit, and scientific know-how to find a way to survive on the hostile planet.

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) 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. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return. Based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, The Martian was nominated for three Golden Globes.