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The Martian: Matt Damon reveals his botany skills

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Surviving while stranded on another planet without your crew would be a challenge for even the most skilled astronaut. But in the latest clip from Ridley Scott’s The Martian, based on Andy Weir’s book by the same name, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) feels confident he can last for a few years after a sandstorm sets the Ares 3 mission off track, thanks to his wide knowledge of plants.

“Mars will come to fear my botany powers,” Mark says in the video diary.

The new clip follows suit with previous cuts we’ve seen from The Martian, which have treated the Ares 3 mission as if it were taking place in real life. Twentieth Century Fox enlisted astrophysicist and cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss the dangers of the mission in an episode of StarTalk, and in June, a former NASA astronaut helped release the film’s first promo.

As the lone astronaut left on the Red Planet, Damon noted that filming solo drew him to the sci-fi thriller. “It was one of the reasons why I wanted to do the movie,” he told EW. “I had never tried to do anything by myself in that way.”

The Martian — which stars an ensemble cast of Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, and Donald Glover —premiered to positive reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 11, and hits theaters Oct. 2. 

Watch Damon’s character caluclate how much longer he has to live above.

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