Science on Screen creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology.
From legendary director Ridley Scott (Alien, Prometheus) comes a gripping tale of human strength and the will to survive. During a mission to Mars, American astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead and left behind. But Watney is still alive. Against all odds, he must find a way to contact Earth in the hope that scientists can devise a rescue plan to bring him home.
Both screenings will be followed by a discussion showing the audience the laughter, tears, and joy of desigining a bouncy ball meant to crash-land on Mars...for science. Hosted by Jennifer Fowler, Assistant Director of the Montana Space Grant Consortium, and Bryan von Lossberg, President of the Missoula City Council. Bryan was an engineering manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he worked on the Hubble Space Telescope repair mission and the 1997 Mars Pathfinder program.