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 event that the re-supply mission fails, Commander Lewis selects Johannsen to survive. The rest of the crew will die allowing her to eat the rest of the food and survive on the corpses. This is not mentioned.
   Kapoor and Bruce communicate with Mark from JPL via the Pathfinder computers. That is all they have. They have set up an exact replica of the Pathfinder that they use while talking with Mark.
   Mark says "If the Hab breaches, I'll just kind of explode." which is scientifically accurate. Mark says "If the Hab breaches, I'll just kind of implode." which is scientifically inaccurate.
   Mark mentions taking vicodin for his sore back after lots of work digging the soil for his crops. He never complains of back pain, and only uses vicodin on his potatoes when he runs out of ketchup.
   Hermes is only allowed direct communication with Watney when they are about 40 light minutes from Mars. Previously they sent e-mails which were screened by NASA. Watney thanks Johanssen for coming to get him, she warns him not to make anymore jokes about Lewis stranding him on Mars. When Johanssen turns her back to the keyboard, Martinez sends (as Johanssen), "Mark, I want to make love to you when you return, prepare your body". Johanssen immediately sends a message saying that it was Martinez who said that. Watney says he really misses them. Hermes converses with Watney while on the way back to Mars. Martinez teases Watney about how they have more room on the ship without him and that they have to perform his botany duties.
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