Psych Testing the Ares 3 Crew in ‘The Martian’



Previews make Ridley Scott’s The Martian seem like the Blade Runner and Alien director is making a late-career return to full sci-fi form. The cast (including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Michael Peña) look like they’re having a blast in a newly-released promotional clip.

Anyone who’s had to endure psych testing as a part of their military career will appreciate this video, which was produced to look like an official NASA release that offers a declassified look at the psychological testing involved in preparing the ARES 3 crew for their journey to Mars.

Based on the best-selling novel by Andy Weir, The Martian tells the story of an astronaut left behind on Mars after a space accident and his crewmates’ determination to save him in spite of orders from Washington that the ship return to earth.

  • Rivrat1970

    Now if only the ones given the highest civilian authority to use military force were to go through psychological testing…..oh wait…wonder if we would have any nominees??

    Truman, Ike and G.H.W. Bush ?? That’s since WWII.

  • AO3 Frazier

    Yes. I am a Navy Veteran. Why would the U . S. Navy ever want to allow sailers to ever lower the already low Standards? They were low in my own time. And I got very Bored. I loved the Navy in the 60,s and 70,s . Don’t do it!