Top 21 The Martian Movie Facts

Following is our collection of The Martian facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of The Martian film message.

The only thing Mark has to watch while on Mars is Happy Days, this influences his decision to pose as Fonzie when asked to take a photo by NASA.
The only thing Mark has to watch while on Mars is Happy Days, this influences his decision to pose as Fonzie when asked to take a photo by NASA.
The video log overlays show pressure in PSI (pounds per square inch), which is an imperial measurement. Real life NASA uses the metric system.
The video log overlays show pressure in PSI (pounds per square inch), which is an imperial measurement. Real life NASA uses the metric system.

The Martian Trivia

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  1. The battery packs (cells) use a professional grade speaker connector called SpeakON (NLT8FX) as power connectors

The Martian Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - Sean Bean explains to other NASA members why they are calling the mission Project Elrond which is because they are having a secret meeting. He was at Elrond's meeting in LOTR which he attended as Boromir.
    Sean Bean explains to other NASA members why they are calling the mission Project Elrond which is because they are having a secret meeting. He was at Elrond's meeting in LOTR which he attended as Boromir.
  • 1 - They show the actual 2014 launch of the Delta Heavy IV carrying the Orion Spacecraft on its first unmanned flight test. Director Ridley Scott included something in the Orion. (In comments)
    They show the actual 2014 launch of the Delta Heavy IV carrying the Orion Spacecraft on its first unmanned flight test. Director Ridley Scott included something in the Orion. (In comments)
  • - It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman!

The Martian Hidden Details

1 - The drop in air pressure from blowing the airlock on the Hermes Spacecraft caused the moisture in the atmosphere to condense and form a cloud as the atmosphere vented.
The drop in air pressure from blowing the airlock on the Hermes Spacecraft caused the moisture in the atmosphere to condense and form a cloud as the atmosphere vented.
1 - When Mark Watney made it to Ares 4 MAV you can visibly see that his teeth hasn't been clean or brush for almost 2 months, for that he been living on the Rover with very limited water supply.
When Mark Watney made it to Ares 4 MAV you can visibly see that his teeth hasn't been clean or brush for almost 2 months, for that he been living on the Rover with very limited water supply.
1 - Mark Watney's diary cam reports 3 stats: pressure, oxygen, and temp. Almost all of the movie, except when he's outside the HAB, the oxygen sensor reports close to 21%. After the explosion, it dropped to 17%, possibly indicating he burned off a dangerous amount of oxygen.
Mark Watney's diary cam reports 3 stats: pressure, oxygen, and temp. Almost all of the movie, except when he's outside the HAB, the oxygen sensor reports close to 21%. After the explosion, it dropped to 17%, possibly indicating he burned off a dangerous amount of oxygen.
1 - 's "It The Terror From Beyond Space!" Ray Corrigan did not want to drive to West LA to meet costume designer Paul Blaisdell. When he put the mask on Corrigan's chin stuck out of the mouth. The makeup artist then painted his chin to look like the monster's tongue.
's "It The Terror From Beyond Space!" Ray Corrigan did not want to drive to West LA to meet costume designer Paul Blaisdell. When he put the mask on Corrigan's chin stuck out of the mouth. The makeup artist then painted his chin to look like the monster's tongue.
1 - Mark Watney searches for a way to heat his Rover 2, settling on the radioisotopic thermoelectric generator... then immediately celebrates by complaining about fellow astronaut's taste in music, playing disco classic "Hot Stuff"!
Mark Watney searches for a way to heat his Rover 2, settling on the radioisotopic thermoelectric generator... then immediately celebrates by complaining about fellow astronaut's taste in music, playing disco classic "Hot Stuff"!
1 - The chairs used in the Hab in The Martian (2015) are from IKEA
The chairs used in the Hab in The Martian (2015) are from IKEA
1 - Matt Damon's character, Mark Watney is a member of the Ares 3 crew, Ares being the greek name for the Roman War God, Mars.
Matt Damon's character, Mark Watney is a member of the Ares 3 crew, Ares being the greek name for the Roman War God, Mars.
1 - Martinez can be seen checking to see if the MAV is still upright using an infrared thermometer. He is later calling out the "degrees" as it starts to tip during the storm.
Martinez can be seen checking to see if the MAV is still upright using an infrared thermometer. He is later calling out the "degrees" as it starts to tip during the storm.

As Mark Watney is returning with the radioactive isotope, he is listening to the song Hot Stuff. In a laboratory setting when something is radioactive, it is described as 'hot'.

1 - The oxygen levels in the HAB can be seen on the screen (always around 21%, like it is on Earth). However, after the accidental explosion, the screen shows that about 3% of the oxygen was burned up.
The oxygen levels in the HAB can be seen on the screen (always around 21%, like it is on Earth). However, after the accidental explosion, the screen shows that about 3% of the oxygen was burned up.
1 - When Watney's first attempt at making water through combustion ends in an explosion, we can see the oxygen levels drop to 17.82% from the normal 21% level to signify the depletion of oxygen due to the explosion.
When Watney's first attempt at making water through combustion ends in an explosion, we can see the oxygen levels drop to 17.82% from the normal 21% level to signify the depletion of oxygen due to the explosion.
1 - The Mars missions were named "Ares", after the Greek god of war. Greek mythology heavily influenced Roman mythology, and the same god was called "Mars" by the Romans.
The Mars missions were named "Ares", after the Greek god of war. Greek mythology heavily influenced Roman mythology, and the same god was called "Mars" by the Romans.

Sean Bean's character is named Mitch Henderson, likely a reference to Henderson's Relish which is produced in Sheffield where he was born.

1 - Most of the Mars scenes in 'The Martian' (2015) were actually filmed on Earth
Most of the Mars scenes in 'The Martian' (2015) were actually filmed on Earth
The Martian poster
The Martian poster

The Martian Plot

An astronaut becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of The Martian. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Director Ridley Scott
Stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels
IMDB score 8.0