Topic: The Martian- Andy Weir

This book can be directly related to our relationship with God. Mark thinks that he has been abandoned when his crew is forced to abort their mission six days in. While they were making their way through the sand storm to the "Mav" which would take them back home Mark was struck by their communications satellite and thrown a hundred feet back. The rest of the crew was forced to leave him behind as they were confident that he had been killed. Mark however, miraculously survived as a result of his blood clogging the hole in his suit that the antennae had pulverised. Slowly and painfully he made his way back to the "Hab" (where they were staying on Mars) and to his delight, discovered that the Mav was gone and that he was indeed, alone. Throughout the next few days he took inventory and began to realise just how hopeless his situation was.

Re: The Martian- Andy Weir

Mark realized that his only chance at survival relied on him growing enough food to last four years. He began mixing the harsh, infertile Mars soil with human excrement. His goal was to cover the entire floor. Lucky for him he is a "botanist" (which means that he is a plant nerd). He now had a plan which prevented him from being depressed. After the long process of hauling in tons of soil from outside he decided that the best thing to grow would be potatoes since they have a high calorie count. This process made me realize how much we have to appreciate what we have and how easy life really is. Throughout this Mark is struggling with physical challenges (rationing his food, energy levels), and emotional challenges (depression, the reality that he will probably die).

Re: The Martian- Andy Weir

Throughout this process Mark has began to get depressed, as he thinks that his situation is hopeless. Eventually he is able to bring himself back into perspective and continue to analyze his situation. He believes that his only chance at survival awaits four years from now when the Arse 4 mission is put into action.  This goes to show how strong of person he is. The way that he doesn't dwell on the present and looks ahead into the future to see what he can do next to ensure his survival.

Re: The Martian- Andy Weir

The next major problem Mark was forced to pursue was getting enough water on a planet where there is no water. He knew the recipe, one hydrogen cell for every two oxygen cells however the process of creating it is very delicate and if not done properly could result fatally. He had lots of hydrogen left over from the landing pad of the MAV. Now all he needed was enough oxygen to perform the operation. I really admire how much knowledge Mark has about chemistry, botany, and mechanics. The way that he is able to solve a situation right from the start. For example, Mark blows himself up when burning all the excess hydrogen in the air and immediately knows that he needed to find oxygen and then proceeded to stick his head in a space suit that was acting as a water tank.

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Re: The Martian- Andy Weir

The book took a turn in chapter six. Instead of the book being told from the perspective of Mark it changed to the director of the Ares missions back on Earth. When it started Mark's memorial service had taken place and everyone was in a sombre mood. The director had requested satellite images of the Ares 3 site. When they were pulled up he was disturbed to find that the solar panels had been cleaned off and that the emergency tents had been deployed. The most disturbing thing of all was that Mark Watney's
body was no where to be seen.

Re: The Martian- Andy Weir

Throughout the next couple weeks the members of NASA were faced with the worst possible press conferences and media interviews they had ever been a part of. The press was constantly outside their door thirsty for any new information that referred to Mark's situation. Many different companies and organisations were eager to help in any way possible. Naturally their new focus was to think of any way possible to bring him home safely and find a way to communicate with him. However they decided not to tell the crew on the Hermes because they have to focus on space travel. I think that this idea is completely absurd as the crew should be of
the highest priority to tell.