What's the Difference between The Martian the Book and The Martian the Movie?

Science Fiction

The Martian

Released: 2011
Author: Andy Weir

The Martian

Released: 2015
Director: Ridley Scott
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Mark Watney
Mark Watney
Portrayed by: Matt Damon
Mark Watney's parents
This Character does not appear.
Melissa Lewis
Melissa Lewis
Portrayed by: Jessica Chastain
Venkat Kapoor
Vincent Kapoor
Portrayed by: Chiwetel Ejiofor
The Martian Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Watney drives the rover while in shorts and a t-shirt. He stays in his space suit.
   CNN Dedicates a daily half hour show to Mark's recovery. Several people from NASA including Kapoor appear. This doesn't happen.
   Watney stays in the MAV until Beck reaches him and they latch on to each other and go back to the Hermes. Lewis reaches the end of the tether and Watney has to jump from the MAV and cut a hole in his glove to fly up to her.
   Beck is able to use the MMU to reach Watney and grab hold of him so Vogel can reel them in to the Hermes. Lewis uses the MMU to rescue Watney, but is too far away. Watney punctures his suit to thrust towards Lewis (like Ironman) who grabs him so Beck can pull them in.
   Watney goes into great detail about his efforts to bring the oxygenator and other equipment. These details are hardly mentioned.
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