So this is what The Martian would have been if it didn't have all that up-to-date science (or even a consistent color scheme for the red planet). Not much here; the quest for survival still is compelling before it goes on longer than it needs to and descends into camp. If nothing else, it proves the necessity of 2001. Shout-out to the most human character in the movie: a monkey that clearly doesn't want to be there.
It's a mix of just-about-credible-for-1964 scientific extrapolation and the fancifully picturesque, an approach that also accounts for the melding of Death Valley location shooting with colorful sets and optical effects to create an alien world.