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From Wired - October 2, 2015

A special message from Mark Watney. #TheMartian #MarsAnnouncement https://t.co/60wJUzlJue

The Martian Movie (@MartianMovie) September 28, 2015

First, a quick mostly spoiler-free tidbit about The Martian for folks who dont know: Its about an astronaut stranded on Mars who has to find a way to grow his own food to survive until he can be rescued. Since Mars is an arid planet where, as Watney puts it, nothing grows, he must science thes**t out of his circumstances to make water and grow a crop.

Today, however, NASA announced that new evidence shows actual liquid water might be present on the Red Planet. Whoops!

The social media team for The Martian quickly responded to the news today with the above tweet and video, which cuts together the announcement from NASAs planetary science head, Jim Green, with Watney/Matt Damons wry Surprise! from the film. It was a fun, smart reaction. But does todays news blow The Martians plot, well, out of the water?

Not really. Todays news still doesnt indicate that Mars has enough water for modern farming. This also isnt the first time whispers of water on Mars have surfacedsomething author Andy Weir even struggled with after he finished writing The Martian and Curiosity started sending back data suggesting Mars might have once had water.

Theres nothing I can do about it, they found it after I had already finished the book and it was on its way to print, Weir says. But I can still get away with it, because I can just say, OK, Curiosity found a whole bunch of water in Gale Crater but that doesnt mean that theres a bunch of water in Acidalia Planitia [where Watney is stuck]. So until somebody sends a probe there, they cant prove me wrong.

But would NASA agree? A couple weeks ago, before the agencys announcement today, WIRED asked Green about the fact that there might be more water, or evidence of water, on Mars than appears in Weirs book or The Martian and his response was more along the lines of dont sweat the small stuff.

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