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

Science Fiction

The Martian

17%
Released: 2011
Author: Andy Weir

The Martian

83%
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
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In the Book In the Movie
   Mark has to lift a lot of heavy equipment around. The rover has a winch that makes moving things very easy.
   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.
   Mark explains everything with a lot of scientific detail. He glosses over most of it and we see him succeed a lot.
   After Watney arrives at the Ares 4 MAV, he modifies it and makes additional fuel using his extra water and urine. Nothing about making more fuel for the MAV.
   Mark captures water in the other's space suits. He doesn't capture the water.
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