By Andy Weir
Six days in the past, astronaut Mark Watney turned one of many first humans to stroll on Mars.
Now, he is yes he will be the 1st individual to die there.
After a dirt typhoon approximately kills him and forces his group to evacuate whereas pondering him lifeless, Mark unearths himself stranded and fully by myself without strategy to even sign Earth that he’s alive—and whether he may get notice out, his offers will be long past lengthy sooner than a rescue might arrive.
Chances are, although, he do not need time to starve to dying. The broken equipment, unforgiving surroundings, or plain-old "human errors" are more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn't really able to hand over but. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a continuing, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one likely insurmountable situation after the subsequent. Will his resourcefulness be sufficient to beat the very unlikely odds opposed to him?
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We bought it seventeen mins in the past. We’ll get one other pic in 9 mins while MGS4’s orbit brings it into view. ” “First factor he’ll do is an EVA to evaluate damage,” Venkat acknowledged. “Mindy, maintain us published on any alterations. ” LOG access: SOL 498 Hmm. Yeah. issues didn’t cross good at the descent into Schiaparelli Basin. to offer you a few indication of ways ailing they went, I’m attaining as much as the pc to style this. simply because it’s nonetheless fastened close to the regulate panel, and the rover is on its aspect. I acquired bounced round much, yet I’m a well-honed computing device in instances of obstacle. once the rover toppled, I curled right into a ball and cowered. That’s the type of motion hero i'm. It labored, too. ’Cause I’m now not damage. The strain vessel is undamaged, so that’s a plus. The valves that result in the trailer hoses are close. most likely capability the hoses disconnected. And that implies the trailer junction snapped. marvelous. having a look round the inside right here, I don’t imagine whatever is damaged. The water tanks stayed sealed. There aren’t any obvious leaks within the air tanks. The bed room got here opened up, and it’s far and wide, yet it’s simply canvas, so it can’t have got too damage. The using controls are ok, and the nav desktop is telling me the rover is at an “unacceptably harmful tilt. ” thank you, Nav! So I rolled. That’s no longer the tip of the area. I’m alive and the rover’s positive. I’m extra nervous in regards to the sunlight cells I most likely rolled over. additionally, because the trailer indifferent, there’s a superb opportunity it’s fucked up, too. The balloon roof it has isn’t precisely sturdy. If it popped, the shit within can have been flung out in all instructions and I’ll need to cross locate it. That’s my serious existence aid. talking of lifestyles help, the rover converted to the neighborhood tanks while the valves close. stable boy, Rover! Here’s a Scooby Snack. I’ve obtained twenty liters of oxygen (enough to maintain me respiring for 40 days), yet with no the regulator (which is within the trailer) I’m again to chemical CO2 absorption. i've got 312 hours of filters left. Plus i've got one other 171 hours of EVA swimsuit CO2 filters to boot. All informed, that provides me 483 hours, that is on the subject of twenty sols. So i've got time to get issues operating back. I’m fairly rattling with regards to the MAV now. approximately 220 kilometers. I’m unlikely to permit whatever like this cease me from getting there. and that i don’t want every little thing to paintings at best shape anymore. I simply want the rover to paintings for 220 extra kilometers and the existence aid to paintings for fifty-one extra sols. That’s it. Time to fit up and search for the trailer. LOG access: SOL 498 (2) I had an EVA and issues aren’t too undesirable. brain you, they’re now not reliable. I trashed 3 sunlight cells. They’re below the rover and cracked all to hell. they could nonetheless be capable of piss out a number of watts, yet I’m now not maintaining out a lot wish. fortunately, I did come into this with one additional sunlight telephone. i wanted twenty-eight for my day-by-day operations and that i introduced twenty-nine (fourteen at the rover’s roof, seven at the trailer’s roof, and 8 at the makeshift cabinets I put in at the aspects of either vehicles).