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A science fiction novel by Andy Weir framed as the journal of Mark Watney as he attempts to survive alone on Mars after being abandoned there in an emergency. In 2015 it was adapted into a film starring Matt Damon.

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Why did the Mars team drag 56 days of food into the Hab for a 31 day mission?

In this answer trying to explain what it meant that the Hab was designed for a 31-day mission Valorum points out the book says: The surface mission was supposed to be thirty-one days. For ...
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Is there any “in universe” link between Matt Damon's character in Interstellar and The Martian?

I was just wondering because both movies star him as an astronaut trapped on an isolated planet. They also had fairly close release dates. I am wondering if there is a link between the two characters ...
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Why didn't Mark Watney lose all of his water when the hab exploded?

Wouldn't the atmosphere on Mars sublimate all of his water supply? He even says that the water reclaimer's tubes burst due to the event.
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In The Martian, why did NASA design the HAB to last only 31 days?

At 17:11, Watney says that NASA designed the habitat to last for only 31 days on the surface of Mars. Why did they not design something to last longer?
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Is it possible to launch a rocket in the middle of a storm? [closed]

I was rewatching "The Martian" when I noticed they launched a rocket in the middle of a storm to evacuate the site. Besides knowing there aren´t such strong storms in Mars (The biggest mistake in '...
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In “The Martian”, did the Hermes leave immediately or wait for awhile?

The film "The Martian" opens with the expedition ending early due to a dust storm - the crew evacuates to orbit and their mothership, the Hermes. The Hermes then departs for Earth, and after quite ...
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What did Mark add to the soil after putting potatoes in at 24:10 in The Martian?

After putting potatoes into the soil Mark poured some yellowish liquid into the soil. What was that liquid and why did he do it?
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Dates For Events Not Mentioned in the Martian book/movie

I know the original dates etc for the Ares III mission because of the movie promo stuff but when their plans got messed up because of Watney being left behind does anyone know the dates (even rough ...
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Why does the book The Martian mention the cubs, the beatles, and Three's Company?

In the story the author asks how the Cubs are doing, has Mark watch Three's Company, and forces the Beatles upon him. Why is that?
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Could the original executive officer in The Expanse (s1e1) be referencing Mark Watney in The Martian? [closed]

I've been following a great series called The Expanse recently. I was showing the show to a friend and we started it from the beginning, There's a scene in the very first episode where the main ...
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Are “The Expanse” and “The Martian” set in the same universe?

There is a passage from Babylon's Ashes, the sixth novel in James S.A. Corey's The Expanse series, which references a ship called "Mark Watney" (bold emphasis mine, italic author's): In the middle ...
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Why didn't Hermes drop the supply probe on Mars?

Why didn't the Hermes just drop the resupply payload (after taking out what they needed to survive, of course) onto Mars somewhere near the Ares III site? This would've been safer for Watney and would'...
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Why Sol 18 instead of Sol 6?

I understand that the movie had to change and remove some things from the book in order to make it interesting and well paced and visually nice to look at, for example cutting out the sandstorm and ...
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The members of Ares 1,2 and 4 (or 5) crews?

In The Martian the whole story is about the Ares 3 crew, and we know from the book and movie that on the next mission (which I believe was a delayed by 2 years because their MAV was destroyed), Ares 4,...
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The Martian – what happened to all the video log recordings?

Throughout his stay on Mars, Watney keeps an extensive collection of video logs of his activities using the various cameras at his disposal. The Hab and Rover also have continuous monitoring systems. ...
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The hab has an exterior sweep searchlight running 24/7 - what's up with that?

In the movie - when Watney is recovering after being left behind and drilled by the antenna - he's laying in his bunk moping. Or thinking. Or both. And you can see every couple of seconds the ...
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The Martian: How did they get there?

In The Martian, we see the MARV for getting off Mars, which was sent months ahead of time, where is the lander they came in on and how did all the equipment (HAB, Rovers....) get there? We do not see ...
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Why did Dr. Chris Beck travel around the exterior of the Hermes?

The Martian movie obviously had a lot of thought put into it, to make it (more) realistic. But one thing vexes me. Why did Dr. Chris Beck travel around the outside of the Hermes in order to get from ...
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Why does Watney’s notebook in The Martian have four holes?

I just watched The Martian again and noticed something I missed the first time: Watney's notebook has four holes (instead of three) punched in the left margin, which means it's probably A4 in size (...
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Why did Mark remove the heat shield and escape hatches from the MAV?

In the movie version of The Martian, Mark Watney pre-blows the escape hatches and removes the heat shield from the Aries IV MAV. What were the benefits of doing this compared to simply leaving the ...
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What does Mark Watney say to NASA?

On my way to my holidays, I watched "the Martian" on the plane. At the beginning of the movie, a disclaimer told the movie had been "edited for content". In fact, it seems no profanities were allowed ...
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Three questions about The Martian: [closed]

Why doesn't Watney, who is desperate to communicate after he is stranded on Mars that he is, in fact, still alive, arrange rocks, equipment, etc., to make some sort of signal that could be read from ...
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Was Mindy Park's ethnicity confirmed in the text of The Martian?

I spotted this article in the Guardian. The anger focuses on the character of Mindy Park, who is described as Korean-American in the book and played by white actor Mackenzie Davis Ridley ...
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When Watney used the Ares IV MAV to ascend, he pulled 12 G's. But the crew used the MAV from Ares III to ascend, how come they didn't pass out?

The crew used the same type of MAV at the beginning of the movie as Mark did at the end of the movie to ascend to Hermes. Did they all pull 12 g's leaving as well? Did they pass out?
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Why didn't Watney just go to the MAV IV, use the three years of supplies till the next mission arrived?

Why did he not just take his existing 14 months of food over to the "pre mission" supply/launch vehicle, that has three years worth of supplies (for six people by the way) and just wait for the next ...
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What did the crew do for 533 days without use of most of the living quarters in the Martian movie?

In the movie, they caused a deliberate breach in the airlock so the Hermes can decelerate. We see that the living quarters and the kitchen werer depressurized and exposed to the cold vacuum of space. ...
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What about Ares IV?

What are the plans for the Ares IV mission after the rescue operation? They can't use the MAV that was sent for the mission, because it is in poor shape. If they send a new MAV as fast as possible to ...
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What did Mark Watney type about his cussing?

Right after he started communicating with Earth, Mark was warned (by Mission Control) that he needed to to stop cussing because the whole world could hear him. What did he type as a response?
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Why does Watney need an air day every five days or so on his trip to Schiaparelli?

When Watney must get to the Schiaparelli crater in The Martian, he stops every five days for an "Air Day." Why does he do this?
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Why didn't anyone mention the orbit altitude difference until later?

The following question is packed full of spoilers: In the movie "The Martian" (2015), the Astrodynamics specialist Rich Purnell
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Potatoes were alive and sprouted on Mars: How were they preserved on the journey there?

Please note: The biology related aspects of this question are posted here. In "The Martian" (2015), the protagonist grows potatoes on Mars. We see him using seemingly fresh potatoes as his seeds. ...
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Communcations and the MDV in “The Martian”

In the book "The Martian", communication is lost with Earth after the Mars Ascent Vehicle leaves. It seems to me the Mars Descent Vehicle (MDV), which they landed in, would have had some kind of a ...
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In The Martian, how were the crew in the Hermes shielded from radiation?

I have not read the book of The Martian, but there was one glaring omission in the movie that struck me. How were the crew in the Hermes protected from radiation? In space, especially ...
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Problem with the film “The Martian” [duplicate]

In the film how does NASA manage to accomplish the complex engineering task of getting a group of people to mars but are seemingly unable to to build a spacecraft that does not blow over in a strong ...
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Why did Teddy Sanders say Ares IV would launch in 5 years?

In both the movie and the novel, when Venkat (Vincent) Kapoor is trying to persuade Teddy Sanders to allow satellite imagery of the Ares 3 site, Sanders says that Ares 4 wouldn't launch for another ...
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Why didn't the Hermes resupply ship include consumable filters?

At one point in the book after the resupply, when the Hermes is on the way back to Mars, Beck is giving a status report and says, w.r.t. life support: Limping. We've been in space way longer than ...
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What decontamination and quarantine protocols are there for Mars-return craft and astronauts - e.g. The Martian? [closed]

Are there any existing or likely decontamination and quarantine protocols are there for Mars-return craft and astronauts? For example, in The Martian the entire crew have been exposed to materials ...
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The Martian - How were the ARESIII crew expected to get from Hermes to earth?

So, I've read the book and watched the movie several times. Looking at the still frames of the Hermes (from the movie), after the Rich Purnell Earth slingshot, I could not see any type of Earth ...
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Why didn't Mark Watney use 19 cards instead of 17? [closed]

We know that Mark set up a system where NASA could send ASCII via hex notation by setting up a system with 17 cards (16 hex digits plus ?) so that each covered a reasonable arc/sector so the message ...
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What happens when Mark enters the airlock [duplicate]

One time when Mark Watney entered the airlock I'm having hard time imagining why this happened. How is this explained scientifically?
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Can canvas and silver-tape withstand the pressure difference in The Martian? [closed]

In the movie The Martian, after Mark screws the HAB's airlock, he seals the hole using a plastic canvas and some silver-tape. After that, he repressurizes the HAB. Is this feasible and realistic? ...
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How did Mark Watney not burn out all oxygen?

In The Martian, Mark creates a source of water through a complicated chemical process that involves, in part, an open flame. Flames use oxygen as fuel, and a lot of it. Since this flame seemed to be ...
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What programming language is used in The Martian?

What is the programming language displayed on screenshot?
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Meaning behind Rich Purnell's email in The Martian

In the novel The Martian, in the midst of sequences where NASA is deciding to send supplies to Mark, and Rich Purnell is calculating the orbit or trajectory for the mission, there is a section that ...
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Why would it take Johanssen 17 months to return?

In "The Martian", when Johanssen speaks to her father about possibly having to eat the crew if the probe fails, why does she say it would take 17 months to return alone? If the probe failed, wouldn't ...
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In “The Martian” why would he use hex over base 10 values for the alphabet? [duplicate]

The fastest way to communicate the English language would be just having the camera point at letters. He explains that it would be too difficult to tell what the camera was pointing at. Since the ...
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Why did Teddy (Jeff Daniels' character) pick Glorfindel from the Council of Elrond

In the movie The Martian (2015), there is a really cool nod to the Lord of The Rings where they refer to one of their projects as Project Elrond - because it is a Top Secret meeting where a momentous ...
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Why weren't they already growing food on Mars?

This might be separated in to 2 questions but I have issues with Mark Watney(Matt Damon) growing his own food on Mars. Currently the space station is growing their own food. On a side note it doesn'...
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Why did Mark remove the roof from the rover?

I've just seen the movie and may have missed the explanation, but why did Mark remove the roof from the Rover towards the end, before he tries going to Ares 4 landing site ?
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Why did Mark Watney include a question mark in his hexadecimal code?

Not a duplicate of Why does Mark use Hexadecimal to communicate? ASCII can encode a question mark. Its code in hexadecimal is 3F. Since a question mark only appears once per question and most ...