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
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Melissa Lewis
Melissa Lewis
Portrayed by: Jessica Chastain
Venkat Kapoor
Vincent Kapoor
Portrayed by: Chiwetel Ejiofor
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In the Book In the Movie
   The Hermes is able to close the distance to within the length of the 200 meter tether. The Hermes is too far away to retrieve Watney with the tether.
   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.
   The published book ends with Watney feeling fortunate about his rescue and waiting for the pain killers to kick in before he takes a shower. An alternate ending shows Watney eating pizza back on Earth during a break from training the Ares 6 crew. When asked by a boy if he plans on going into space again, he says **** no!!! The movie ends with Watney training wanna-be astronauts and shows the Ares 5 launch with Martinez as part of the crew which includes a Chinese astronaut. Lewis is at home with her husband. Beck and Johanssen are in the maternity ward with their new born baby and Vogel is with his family.
   While Watney is being retrieved by Beck he shuts off his microphone so no one can hear him scream like a little girl from the pain of his broken ribs. He leaves the microphone on and doesn't scream in pain.
   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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