Date: 15th November 2000

Group Uses Movie To Promote Mars Mission

Chapters of the Mars Society, a group promoting a manned mission to Mars, have succeeded in persuading several theater owners showing Red Planet to allow them to set up booths to hand out literature and answer questions about Martian exploration.

The Baton Rouge, LA Advocate reports that the local chapter of the organization successfully staged a membership drive at one theater in connection with the release of the film. And an officer of the society in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada told CBC radio Tuesday that a lot of people "come out of the movie wanting to know a little bit more about Mars missions.They see what goes on in the Hollywood version and then we're there to answer their questions about the real mission to Mars and how we're actually going to get there."

Source: Studio Briefing