Andy Weir, author of "The Martian," spoke about the future of space flight on May 18 at Transformers, a Washington Post live event. (Washington Post Live)

Novelist Andy Weir spoke at The Post’s 2016 Transformers live journalism event May 18 in Washington, D.C. Learn more here.

“In real life, I’m sure in our first manned mission to Mars everything will probably be put into low Earth orbit by commercial space industries via government contracts. It will be a large multinational effort. It won’t look anything like it looked in the movie.”

Andy Weir
Science fiction writer
“The Martian”

The way we live is dramatically changing. On May 18, Virgin Galactic's George Whitesides, Aerojet Rocketdyne's Julie Van Kleeck and author of "The Martian" Andy Weir joined NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to discuss how recent milestones in commercial space travel are opening up new frontiers for business and exploration. (Washington Post Live)

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