In The Martian, Mark Watney is a U.S. astronaut who has to survive alone on Mars after his crew leaves the planet without him, thinking he died in a storm that swept him away.
The botanist played by Matt Damon is not a typical Hollywood hero, but is one of several role models in the film for aspiring scientists.
Another is Mars mission commander Melissa Lewis, played by Jessica Chastain.
另外一个火星任务指挥官，Melissa Lewis，由Jessica Chastain扮演。
It’s a performance that excites Costa Rican space enthusiast and student Montserrat Cordero, who appeared on Hashtag VOA by Skype.
"Jessica Chastain’s character is amazing. We also have the computer programmer who is also a woman. This is not what we tend to see. So I’m really excited to see this kind of thing, hope to see a lot more of it,"
Cordero is a graduate of an international summer school run by the Foundation for International Space Education in Houston, Texas.
Its director of educational programs told HashtagVOA via Skype that The Martian’s role models will have a positive influence.
"The more women we have involved in science, technology, engineering and math, the better a society we have, and the better we’ll be able to accomplish those missions and do things like go to Mars,"
In the film, the U.S. government space agency, NASA, tries to overcome great obstacles to bring Watney back to Earth.
“That’s not just science fiction. The science and technology seen in the movie is based on real-life work by NASA, which acted as an adviser to the filmmakers. And the work being done here at NASA headquaters in Washington includes preparations for an actual manned mission to Mars.”
As part of that effort, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been operating rovers to collect Martian soil samples.
Speaking to Hashtag VOA by Skype, the laboratory’s Mars engineering manager, said his team needs diversity to succeed.
"People who see the world from different angles to come in and bring their creative ideas with them, to come here and to help us out. So what we do here is really, in many respects, an international effort,"
NASA hopes the Martian will help that effort by inspiring young scientists everywhere to bring human to Mars by the 2030s.