Skip to main content

Market The Martian: Neil deGrasse Tyson lends his talents to new viral video

Science’s version of a rock-star, Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson helps the masses understand the universe as the host of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.  Recently, however, he turned up in a clever marketing spot for the film The Martian, to help us all understand the merely fictional universe of Ridley Scott’s upcoming film.

Entitled Our Greatest Adventure, the video (embedded above) is patterned after deGrasse Tyson’s TV show and takes viewers on a virtual journey through the cosmos as he explains the dangers and technical challenges of interplanetary travel. He also outlines specific aspects of the Ares 3 mission which — as those who’ve seen the trailer already know — doesn’t go so well for Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon).

Related Videos

Through our host’s lecture, we learn that humans first landed on the Red Planet in 2029 and that the new group of cosmonauts making the 140+ million mile journey will need to contend with cosmic radiation, solar flares, asteroids, meteoroids and — once on the planet’s surface — low oxygen, dust storms, and temperatures that can dip to 100 degrees below zero. Their mission: “Investigate the planet’s biological history, and its potential to cultivate and sustain life.”

The marketing team has taken a very cool, non-traditional approach to hyping this film and has put several different viral-style shorts up on YouTube. One of the most interesting shows the Ares astronauts being interviewed after a 10-day isolation test and features Matt Damon pondering life’s most pressing unanswered questions, like why Aquaman can control whales when they’re mammals and not fish.

Sci-fi fans have been drooling over this one ever since the first trailer dropped and deGrasse Tyson should certainly help give the film some scientific street cred, if you will.

Ridley Scott’s The Martian is based on an Andy Weir novel of the same name and blasts off October 2, 2015. The film also stars Jessica Chastain (Interstellar, Zero Dark Thirty), Kristen Wiig (Welcome to Me, The Skeleton Twins), Kate Mara (House of Cards), Michael Pena (Fury, End of Watch), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom, Dumb and Dumber To), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Children of Men), and Donald Glover (Community, Mystery Team).

Editors' Recommendations

Wales vs Latvia live stream: How to watch for free from anywhere
A soccer field.

Keeping up with how to watch Euro 2024 qualifying games continues to be tricky with all the games spread across different channels. In the case of Wales vs Latvia, you need to have access to Fox Soccer Plus to check out the match. It's available on fewer streaming services than the more popular Fox Sports but we've picked out your best options. That includes how to watch the Wales vs Latvia live stream for free. Keen to know more? Let's dive right in!
Watch the Wales vs Latvia live stream on FuboTV

FuboTV offers Fox Sports 1 which is the main destination for many Euro 2024 qualifying games but it's also the home of Fox Soccer Plus if you sign up for the Fubo International Sports Plus package. That bolsters your options for streaming with the service working out at $92 per month. The upside to all this? There's a FuboTV free trial so you can always check out the Wales vs Latvia live stream for free. While you're signed up, there's NBC and USA Network for the Premier League as well as MLB Network, NHL Network and NHL Network too. For non-sporting needs, there's always Bravo, Comedy Central and Disney Channel.

Read more
Scotland vs Spain live stream: How to watch for free from anywhere
Massive open air soccer stadium with a game in play.

Soccer fans will be pleased to see there are ways to watch the Scotland vs Spain live stream online. It's a bit of a confusing world for anyone looking to watch Euro 2024 qualifying matches with different games streamed in different places. This game is a pretty simple one with only one streaming service offering the game -- FuboTV. That has pros and cons but it does mean that there's an easy way to watch the Scotland vs Spain live stream for free, legally.
Watch the Scotland vs Spain live stream on FuboTV

The exclusive home of many Euro 2024 qualifying matches including Scotland vs Spain, FuboTV is a great sports-focused streaming service overall. It costs $75 per month for the base plan but if you're solely interested in watching Scotland vs Spain, you can check out a FuboTV free trial. By signing up to it, you get to check out the service entirely for free for seven days and that includes being able to watch Scotland vs Spain. If you're a sports fan, you may want to stick around for longer. The service also includes Fox Sports 1, NBC and USA Network -- all of which cover Euro 2024 qualifying games or the Premier League. There are also other sports catered for too such as NFL Network, MLB Network and a bunch more too. Any time you want to relax, there are entertainment options such as Bravo, the Disney Channel and Paramount.

Read more
The Night Agent season 1’s ending, explained
Peter shows his badge in The Night Agent.

The Night Agent, one of the newest shows on Netflix, is admittedly centered around a played-out spy trope. But the twists, turns, and movie-like action sequences throughout the 10-episode first season of the action thriller make it a worthy watch.

Curious about how the show's first season ends? Digital Trends has all the spoilers about what happened in the season finale and what that means for a possible second season.
What The Night Agent is about

Read more