Twentieth Century Fox
Elizabeth Leonard
October 02, 2015 05:00 PM

Sure, Matt Damon gets marooned on Mars in his new sci-fi drama The Martian and George Clooney has no easy space-ride in Gravity, but which of Damon’s movie astronaut brethren is most deserving of NASA’s top prize?

According to the 45-year-old actor, that honor would go to Matthew McConaughey, who bravely raced to save all of humanity in last year’s extraterrestrial thriller, Interstellar.

Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar
Melinda Sue Gordon/Warner Bros

“It’s a tough one but I feel that Matthew gets the blue ribbon,” Damon tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

“George just got himself killed off so quickly – even though it was a noble death, he was still out of there in the first act – but Matthew hung in there and showed a lot more fortitude, so I’d have to vote for him.”

George Clooney in Gravity
Warner Bros.

To tap into his own inner fortitude and make it in space, Damon says he’d need a few key belongings, including a playlist loaded with U2 and The Beatles, the Complete Works of William Shakespeare (“a lot of bang for your buck”) and a stockpile of pasta with meatballs.

Most important, he adds: “I’d need to have a picture of my wife and four daughters.”

For more of Matt Damon’s Space Survival Guide, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now

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