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
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   The nose of the MAV covered with the super strong HAB canvas and sealed Mark uses what appears to be a parachute even though they call it HAB canvas and the HAB seems solid when they show it.
   When the HAB air lock explosively detaches, it takes Watney much longer to repair his suit (with glue patches) and to roll the air lock (while inside) to the HAB to retrieve another suit to use. Watney repairs his face plate with tape and takes his time inspecting the HAB.
   NASA has an early plan for Mark to use the MDV to fly across Mars to a different site. This is never mentioned.
   Mark spends a lot of time modding the rover and making a "bedroom" to sleep and stretch out in it Doesn't happen and he appears to sleep on the ground during his trip to the Ares 4 site
   The terms of the Chinese supplying a booster for the supply vessel are more detailed. They will trade the booster for the right to select and train their own astronaut for Ares 5. These details are not revealed until the end of the movie.
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