By Andy Weir

Six days in the past, astronaut Mark Watney turned one of many first humans to stroll on Mars.

Now, he is convinced he will be the 1st individual to die there.

After a dirt typhoon approximately kills him and forces his team to evacuate whereas considering him lifeless, Mark reveals himself stranded and fully on my own with out option to even sign Earth that he’s alive—and no matter if he may well get notice out, his offers will be long past lengthy prior to a rescue may perhaps arrive.

Chances are, although, he shouldn't have time to starve to loss of life. The broken equipment, unforgiving setting, or plain-old "human errors" are more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't really able to surrender but. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a constant, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one probably insurmountable drawback after the following. Will his resourcefulness be adequate to beat the very unlikely odds opposed to him?

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Simply to be transparent, those are differences to Rover 1, which we’ve been calling “the trailer. ” Rover 2 (the one together with your adjustments for the journey to Pathfinder) should still stay as is for now. You’ll be taking a piece out of the roof, simply in entrance of the airlock within the rear of the motor vehicle. the opening has to be at the least 2. five m lengthy and the total 2 m width of the strain vessel. prior to any cuts, draw the form at the trailer, and place the trailer the place Pathfinder’s digital camera can see it. We’ll tell you when you bought it correct. [10:43] Watney: Roger. Take a pic at 11:30, in case you haven’t heard from me by way of then. The rovers are made to interlock which will tow the opposite. That manner you could rescue your crewmates if all hell breaks free. For that very same cause, rovers can percentage air through hoses you attach among them. That little characteristic will enable me percentage surroundings with the trailer on my lengthy force. I’d stolen the trailer’s battery some time past; it had no skill to maneuver less than its personal strength. So I hitched it as much as my awesomely transformed rover and towed it into position close to Pathfinder. Venkat instructed me to “draw” the form I plan to chop, yet he overlooked to say how. It’s unlike i've got a Sharpie that may figure out at the floor. So I vandalized Martinez’s mattress. The cots are essentially hammocks. light-weight string woven loosely into whatever that’s cozy to sleep on. each gram counts whilst making stuff to ship to Mars. I unraveled Martinez’s mattress and took the string outdoor, then taped it to the trailer hull alongside the trail I deliberate to chop. certain, in fact duct tape works in a near-vacuum. Duct tape works anyplace. Duct tape is magic and will be worshiped. i will be able to see what NASA has in brain. The rear of the trailer has an airlock that we’re unlikely to debris with. The reduce is simply sooner than it and may go away lots of house for the large 3 to face. i've got no thought how NASA plans to energy the massive 3 for 24 and a part hours an afternoon and now have power left to force. I guess they don’t understand, both. yet they’re clever; they’ll paintings anything out. [11:49] JPL: What we will see of your deliberate lower appears strong. We’re assuming the opposite facet is the same. You’re cleared to begin drilling. [12:07] Watney: That’s what she acknowledged. [12:25] JPL: heavily, Mark? heavily? First, I depressurized the trailer. name me loopy, yet I didn’t wish the drill explosively introduced at my face. Then I needed to decide someplace to begin. i presumed it’d be simplest to begin at the aspect. i used to be mistaken. The roof might were higher. The part used to be a trouble simply because I needed to carry the drill parallel to the floor. This isn’t your dad’s Black & Decker we’re conversing approximately. It’s a meter lengthy and purely secure to carry via the handles. Getting it to chunk used to be nasty. I pressed it opposed to the hull and became it on, however it wandered everywhere. So I obtained my trusty hammer and screwdriver. With a couple of faucets, I made a small chip within the carbon composite. That gave the bit a spot to seat, so i'll preserve drilling in a single position. As NASA envisioned, it took approximately and a part mins to get throughout.

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