Raised on Mars
Mission engineer Kendra Wyndham (played by Carla Gugino) raises Gardner (Asa Butterfield) after his mother dies in childbirth.
Behaving just like a teenager on Earth would, Gardner (Asa Butterfield) sneaks out of the Mars colony.
The Mars dune buggy is based on the design of NASA's old moon rovers.
For faster communication between Earth and Mars, the story utilizes a theoretical type of technology that exploits quantum entanglement, which could allow information to travel faster than the speed of light.
On Earth, Tulsa (Britt Robertson) chats online with Gardner (Asa Butterfield) during class.
Cross-Country Road Trip
When Gardner (Asa Butterfield) arrives at Earth, he elopes with Tulsa (Britt Robertson).
Tulsa and Gardner take officials with Genesis Space Technologies and police on a cross-country chase that involved a biplane (and several stolen cars).
Gardner (Asa Butterfield) experiences the natural wonders of Earth for the first time.
The Dream Chaser is a spacecraft designed by NASA and Sierra Nevada Corp. Its intended purpose was to serve as a space ambulance for space station emergencies. An actual prototype of the spacecraft appears in "The Space Between Us".