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In The Martian, what happened to Iris?

Iris is the name of a probe that's being sent by NASA to Mars to provide Watney with some much-needed food supplies. This is an acutely urgent necessity now that the potato farm is dead. Even so,...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 7:24 am UTC

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In The Martian, who do you think made the correct decision on the plans to utilize the Chinese booster: the top NASA...

This question is asking for a subjective answer about events that occur during chapter 16 of Andy Weir's book The Martian. The book was later adapted into a film, and the movie also did an adequate...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2020 1:58 am UTC

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What does "sol" mean in The Martian?

In The Martian, "sol" is short for "solar day," and is a term used by planetary astronomers to describe the duration of a solar day on Mars. A sol lasts for 24 hours, 39 minutes, and 35.244...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 7:56 am UTC

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Why does Mark have to move to the Schiaparelli crater in The Martian?

In the science fiction novel The Martian by Andy Weir, astronaut Mark Watney is left behind on Mars, when he is presumed dead in an intense storm. He has to learn to survive on the hostile planet...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2019 8:10 pm UTC

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How long was Mark Watney on Mars?

Mark Watney's crew made it back to Mars orbit to collect him on sol 549, which means that Watney spent 564 days, or approximately eighteen months, on Mars. After the first six sols, he spent this...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2020 12:07 pm UTC

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In The Martian by Andy Weir, how did observation and deduction help Mark Watney figure out he had entered a dust storm?

The Martian is a wonderful book that shows readers how science and the scientific method can be applied in the most harrowing of situations. The scientific method is all about answering questions...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2020 11:21 pm UTC

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Is there any part of the science fiction book The Martian that you wished had been included in the movie? If so, what...

The answer to this question is definitely subjective. Anecdotally, my dad, my brother, and myself have all read the book and seen the movie. We've asked this exact question to each other, and all...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2020 2:45 am UTC

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Explain the laws of physics involved in Watney's final launch in The Martian and the connection to the rescue team.

There are a lot of physical laws at work concerning the launch of Watney's rocket to join up with the rest of his crew, and even though the book is at explaining science topics, the book simply...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2019 3:39 pm UTC

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What are the two mobile pressure vessels?  

The mobile pressure vessels are the rover and the trailer. The two vessels aren't completely independent; they're connected by a hose. The rover is more important because, as Mark Watney says, "If...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2019 3:00 am UTC

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How does The Martian end?

The Martian has a happy ending for protagonist Mark Watney, who, as a result of a series of unfortunate events, has been stranded alone on Mars for about a year and a half. After an intrepid...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2020 12:16 pm UTC

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Why was Warner’s suit malfunctioning in The Martian?

Watney's space suit malfunctions due to problems with the Hab. The Hab simply wasn't designed to be used as much as it is here—it wasn't meant to be used for this many cycles. Over time, Watney's...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2019 5:32 am UTC

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How does Mark react when he reaches the MAV in chapter 23 of The Martian?

Mark actually reaches the MAV (Mars Ascent Vehicle) at the end of Chapter 24. When he reaches it, he describes it as "an impressive 27 meters tall" and "gleaming in the midday sun." When Mark then...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 10:48 am UTC

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How did they make all the blast-offs look so real?

Most Hollywood films use computer-generated imagery, also known as "cgi" to create special effects such as explosions, large crowd scenes, natural disasters, monsters and more. Prior to the...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2018 7:22 pm UTC

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What is the Hab in The Martian?

The Hab is short for "The Mars Lander Habitat," which is the name given to the artificial living quarters constructed on Mars before the Ares III mission landed. Each Hab is specifically designed...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019 7:13 am UTC

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