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    It was a fun movie IMO, but the final "to leave Mars an get saved by teh mothership you gotta turn this rocket/capsule thingie into a cabrio" part felt kinda absurd. I mean, MacGuyver could have dunnit, but Matt Damon???

    Just sayin'/cents.
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  • #2
    MacGyver was good at building things; Matt Damon just took the rocket apart.
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    • N35t0r
      N35t0r commented
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      Hey Lori, you still have your blog / site about astrophotography up? I just bought a small telescope off a friend who upgraded, and I'm getting the adapter for my camera tomorrow. I could use some pointers.
      So far (the two nights we haven't had a completely overcast sky), I've been looking at Jupiter and Saturn, and it's totally amazing.

    • Lorizael
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      Well, the blog was never really about astrophotography, but I might be able to answer questions if you've got 'em. I am definitely not an expert, though. One basic recommendation: Get Google Sky on your phone (or some other equivalent stargazing program).

    • N35t0r
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      Yeah, I've got one called sky map, and another one calles heaven's above (which also shows satellites passing, which I use to spot the ISS and starlink trains)

      What image stacking software do you recommend?

  • #3
    Initial survival, surviving first attempt at making water, using nuclear power as a heater, developing an entire communications system, blowing up the habitat, traversing the planet's hemisphere in a vehicle designed to be tethered to base daily...

    But dropping mass to achieve escape velocity is the thing BeBro finds implausible?

    LOL.

    Love that movie!
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    • #4
      The least convincing thing to me was the dust storm. Martian atmosphere isn't thick enough to have that effect.

      Barring that, the movie was excellent.
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      • #5
        NASA needed a propaganda film to keep Elon enthusiastic about rebuilding our space program. If going to Mars wasn't cool enough, he might end up blowing his fortune on fixing something here on Earth and make politicians look bad. #twoBirdsWithOneRadioactivePoopPotato
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        • #6
          Never watched it as it seemed to far fetched to me.
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          • #7
            You've been coming here quite some time, yet find this far fetched?
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            • #8
              Originally posted by -Jrabbit View Post
              Initial survival, surviving first attempt at making water, using nuclear power as a heater, developing an entire communications system, blowing up the habitat, traversing the planet's hemisphere in a vehicle designed to be tethered to base daily...

              But dropping mass to achieve escape velocity is the thing BeBro finds implausible?

              LOL.

              Love that movie!
              At least they didn't kill Ned Stark this time, just fired him for telling the truth to the crew.
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              • #9
                I liked it. Also check out Moon and Interstellar if you like the space genre. There's also a great show called the Expanse which is freakin awesome.
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                • #10
                  Expanse

                  Can't wait for season 5, which I read is scheduled for the end of this year.
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                  • #11
                    Oh and while we are at movies, just came across this:

                    Researchers say apocalyptic movies prepare people for Covid-19 and make them more resilient


                    For those of you who whiled away hours on the sofa watching society crumble in the face of marauding zombies, deadly aliens and infectious diseases – it’s time to reap the rewards.

                    Psychologists have found evidence that fans of apocalyptic movies – where global order is upturned – may be more resilient and better prepared to deal with the coronavirus pandemic than the rest of us.

                    The bleak scenarios thrown up by films such as Contagion, from panic buying and isolation to fear of others and fake claims of miracle cures, appeared to help viewers take the outbreak in their stride and work out how best to handle the crisis.

                    “If it’s a good movie, it pulls you in and you take the perspective of the characters, so you are unintentionally rehearsing the scenarios,” said Coltan Scrivner, a psychologist who specialises in morbid curiosity at the University of Chicago. “We think people are learning vicariously. It’s like, with the exception of the toilet paper shortage, they pretty much knew what to buy.”

                    The researchers questioned 310 volunteers on their movie preferences and viewing histories before asking them how prepared they felt going into the pandemic and what levels of anxiety, depression, irritability and sleepless they had experienced.

                    Horror movie fans appeared less distressed by the crisis than most, but those who favoured “prepper movies” – where society collapses – ranked as more resilient and better prepared, both mentally and practically.

                    The finding held when the psychologists controlled for age, sex, how fond people were of movies in general, and personality traits such as neuroticism and conscientiousness.

                    Scrivner suspects many factors are at play. Movies like Contagion, which rocketed in popularity as coronavirus spread, make aspects of the pandemic such as quarantine and supply shortages seem less strange, he believes.

                    “You’ve seen it a hundred times in the movies, so it doesn’t catch you off-guard so much,” he said. The movies are an opportunity too, he added, for people to practice pulling themselves together when bad times come along.

                    (snipsnap)

                    One reason people are drawn to apocalyptic movies, he believes, is that they give viewers a safe way to experience the chaos of social breakdown. “For the cost of a bad dream one night, you can learn what the world looks like when a pandemic hits,” he said, likening the benefit to playing tag. “It’s not like you’re thinking, this is what I’ll do when someone chases me, but you’re building the knowledge you can draw on later, even if it’s outside your conscious awareness.”

                    Mathias Clasen, a psychologist at Aarhus University and a co-author on the study, which is under review at the Social Psychology and Personality Science journal, said movies can help people prepare for scary situations in the same way that our imagination allows us to rehearse for dates and confrontations.

                    “Our ability to imaginatively inhabit virtual worlds – worlds of our own making, as well as those conveyed by movies and books – is a gift from natural selection; a bit of biological machinery that evolved because it gave our ancestors an edge in the struggle for survival,” Clasen said.

                    “If you’ve watched a lot of what we call prepper movies, you will have vicariously lived through massive social upheavals, states of martial law, people responding in both prosocial and dangerously selfish ways to a sudden catastrophic event,” he said. “Compared to somebody who has never simulated the end of the world, you’ll be in a better place because you have that vicarious experience.”
                    https://www.theguardian.com/science/...calyptic-films

                    I'm glad I watched so much scifi, I feel much better prepared for Alien invasions now.
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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by BeBro View Post
                      Oh and while we are at movies, just came across this:



                      https://www.theguardian.com/science/...calyptic-films

                      I'm glad I watched so much scifi, I feel much better prepared for Alien invasions now.
                      God I would give anything right now to replace the guy in charge with Morgan Freeman or Bill Pullman

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                      • #13
                        I learned from movies that if we just watch and wait, things will work out ok in the end.
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                        • #14
                          Blah

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by BeBro View Post
                            Expanse

                            Can't wait for season 5, which I read is scheduled for the end of this year.
                            The most realistic SciFi-Space-Series that is out there
                            (despite the few artistic freedoms the creators took)
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