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

Science Fiction

The Martian

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Released: 2011
Author: Andy Weir

The Martian

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Released: 2015
Director: Ridley Scott
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In the Book In the Movie
Mark Watney
Mark Watney
Portrayed by: Matt Damon
Mark Watney's parents
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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
   Bruce Ng, flies to Houston for meetings. Bruce never leaves JPL in California. He is always shown on video conference.
   NASA has an early plan for Mark to use the MDV to fly across Mars to a different site. This is never mentioned.
   Mark's logs are written. He video records his logs.
   Pathfinder was half buried in the sand. Mark found it easily. Mark walked on the surface until he stepped on a parachute. Then he dug down. Pathfinder was completely buried.
   Mark has to lift a lot of heavy equipment around. The rover has a winch that makes moving things very easy.
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