The Space Between Us: Fiction Meets Fact

What does a kid do when he is caught between two worlds?

The Space Between Us is a new film coming out December 16th (US) that explores the story of a young man’s journey to Earth after having been born and raised on mankind’s first Martian colony.  It’s directed by Peter Chelsom and stars Gary Oldman, Carla Gugino, Britt Robertson and Asa Butterfield as Gardner.

From the site’s official description….

In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet – never revealing who the father is.

Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot – an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa.

When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere.

Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe.

Here’s the trailer…

Both myself and Joseph and  Mehki of Rationalizing the Universe have covered the science and the plans of both NASA and SpaceX to colonize the red planet.  However, I haven’t seen a lot of talk about the implications of living “off world” like it’s approached in this movie.

 We don’t live in a Star Trek universe.  We won’t be able to go to another planet and just have our bodies adapt, or live elsewhere and come home for family visits on Thanksgiving. I am sure that both NASA and Elon Musk have looked into how living on Mars would affect our bodies in the long-term, just as we currently study the effects of space flight on our astronauts.


What I love about this movie, is that it puts the focus on the human aspect of such a journey.  Gardner is just a kid after all, thrust into not one, but two worlds and has to deal with them, emotionally and physically.

I found a great article on the site by Luciana Villalba called 5 Things That You Need to Know About The Space Between Us who had a chance to go on set earlier this year.

The movie looks wonderful.  Taking on this issue when the internet is flooded with new stories of our most recent space explorations, puts a very human element on where mankind is going.

Keep an eye out for it in your local theatres when it comes out.  I know that I can’t wait to see it.

Feature image from the official site.

Trailer from YouTube.

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