Gabbing Geek Reviews: The Martian [Spoiler-Free]

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The Martian hit theaters this week, and we couldn’t be more excited here at Gabbing Geek. For those of you that didn’t listen to our book review of Andy Weir’s  New York Time’s best seller, here is a quick synopsis:

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew (Jessica Chastain, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, & Aksel Hennie). But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet with only the NASA crew (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean & Donald Glover) as his source of communication.

Does director Ridley Scott do The Martian justice? Or is this just another failed mission to Mars? Find out what the geeks think after the break:

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Gabbing Geek 54: Look Out

Gabbing Geek 54: Look Out
Gabbing Geek 54: Look Out

Watson and Ryan hold down the fort for Episode 54 of the Gabbing Geek podcast while Jenny recovers from Tiredofputtingupwithalltheircrapitis.  It’s going around.  So the Y chromosomes talk about Star Wars, Hunger Games, Mars, Alexander Hamilton, movie villains, and the summer of 2016 in movies.  You should listen to it right the heck now, or jump after the break to read even more!

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Mars Makes News: A Gabbing Geek Tribute to the Red Planet

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Better than sitting on Uranus…

Big week for the 4th rock from the Sun.  It’s time for the Red Planet’s spotlight! Check out the detail after the break!

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What Does a Nuclear Explosion Look Like From Space?

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We are all familiar with the mushroom cloud visual of nukes as seen from the vantage point of Earth.  What do they look like to the folks in space who would be wondering if they had a planet to go back to?

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The Martian – Official Trailer

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The first full-length trailer has arrived for “The Martian,” the sci-fi drama directed by Ridley Scott, which opens November 25th and stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Donald Glover.

Based on the 2011 novel by Andy Weir, astronaut Mark Watney (Damon), who during a manned mission to Mars is presumed dead and left behind by his crew. Struggling to survive with only meager supplies, Watney manages to get a signal to Earth, leading NASA to search for a way to bring “the Martian” home, even as his own crew hatches a daring — and seemingly impossible — rescue plan. Watch trailer after the break:

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Scientists Say We Will Find Life (Of Some Kind) Out There…SOON

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“Is There Life Out There?” is not just a Reba McEntire female empowerment anthem; it is the stuff of science too!  Nerds have now refined their mission definition a bit.  Is it as likely to make me get caught singing along at a red light?  Click on to find out!

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Buzz Aldrin Tweets To The Cosmos!

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On March 16th Buzz Aldrin tweeted out to the universe that while in Stonehenge, he was going to send a message to the cosmos. Check out his tweet after the break:

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Andromeda Photo is Largest Photo Ever Taken; Passes Precious Recordholder (A Picture of Watson’s Junk)

Those of us a certain age remember when it looked like the Hubble Telescope was a colossal, technological failure. Every story about it was about another malfunction. Thankfully it rallied after some initial repairs and has delivered decades of amazing shots; but none better than this photo of an entire honking galaxy!

From some group called “NASA”:

The largest NASA Hubble Space Telescope image ever assembled, this sweeping bird’s-eye view of a portion of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) is the sharpest large composite image ever taken of our galactic next-door neighbor. Though the galaxy is over 2 million light-years away, The Hubble Space Telescope is powerful enough to resolve individual stars in a 61,000-light-year-long stretch of the galaxy’s pancake-shaped disk. It’s like photographing a beach and resolving individual grains of sand. And there are lots of stars in this sweeping view — over 100 million, with some of them in thousands of star clusters seen embedded in the disk.

You know something that vast is teeming with life; even intelligent life. I can only imagine that in all of that galaxy, there is STILL no one who understands the appeal of Josh Hartnett. 

NASA Press Release