The Martian, the new movie by Ridley Scott starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on Mars, is being rightly praised for its fairly accurate portrayal of science.
But maybe it was too realistic, because an alarming number of people out there have come away from the film thinking it is based on a true story.
An Alarming Number Of People Think "The Martian" Is A True Story
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