The Martian with Matt Damon

Hi Brooke,

I just watched The Martian with Matt Damon which was just on TV. What a great film – have you seen it? It’s about an astronaut who gets stuck on Mars and (spoiler) is eventually rescued. Anyway, you could have written the last line of the film! I thought I’d share. In the last scene, Matt’s character is teaching a new core of student astronauts what it is like to be up in space and possible face near death experiences. He says,

“When I was up there, stranded by myself, did I think I was going to die? Yes. Absolutely, and that’s what you need to know going in because it’s going to happen to you. This is space. It does not cooperate. At some point everything is going to go south on you. Everything is going to go south and you’re going to say ‘This is it. This is how I end.’ Now you can either accept that or you can get to work. That’s all it is. You just begin. You do the math, you solve one problem. Then you solve the next one, and then the next and if you solve enough problems you get to come home.”

He would have made a great scholar! 🙂