The film ‘The Martin” is doing great at the box office. My wife and I really enjoyed it (we both liked the book as well). Marvelous story-telling and a beautiful rendering of a wondrous new world.

I agree, though, with this op-ed: The Martian: Please Don’t Bring Him Home – Greg Autry/Huffington Post. It’s extremely unlikely that humans will go to Mars on Apollo style NASA missions of short duration and stupendous cost. The only way to make Mars trips affordable is with heavy involvement of commercial companies. And people will go to the Red Planet to settle it, not just for quick science excursions.

Here are links to a variety of other items  about the movie:

* More on the space policy and politics of the movie: Our view: The politics of “The Martian” – Roanoke Times: Editorials

* The Game of Thrones author George RR Martin writes about growing up on Mars (vicariously): George RR Martin: our long obsession with Mars – The Guardian.

* The music of the film: Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ Makes Disco the New Soundtrack of Space – The Atlantic

* Views of the region on Mars where the action takes place:

* Some items about the science and engineering in the film:

* Some reviews you might have missed:

* The trailer is still fun to watch: