The Slooh Community Observatory will host a free webcast tonight, Oct. 4, to discuss the new film "The Martian" and Mars exploration. Go to Slooh.com to join and watch this broadcast live and gain access to Slooh's large archive of past shows. You can watch it live here at 7 p.m. ET (2300 GMT), courtesy of Slooh.
"The Martian" is a science ficition epic directed by Ridley Scott that tells the tale of astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon), who is stranded on Mars after a mission gone wrong and forced to use his wits and botany skills to find a way to survive. During Slooh's webcast tonight, Slooh will discuss the movie and its potential impact on the public's interest in Mars exploration with SETI senior astronomer Seth Shostak, astronaut Cady Coleman, as well as experts from MIT and the Mars One colony project. Readers can ask questions via Twitter using the hashtag" #SloohMartian.
"Join Slooh astronomers Will Gater and Bob Berman as they lead us through a discussion of the real science behind the film, and our future human exploration of Mars. Our discussion will feature Dr. Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at SETI, as we talk about the goal of getting humans to Mars, and how the recent discovery of flowing water on the Red Planet affects the possibility of finding life. We'll also speak to astronaut Cady Colemand to find out how close we really are to accomplishing that goal, and chat with one of the finalists from the Mars One mission to find out why anyone would sign up for a one way trip to a hostile world."