The Martian by Andy Weir

I loved The Martian. I’d love to say that I understood all of the science involved but I can’t. Still, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. My reblog of the week provides a nice overview of my dream vacation.

In 2012, millions of people around the world watched the Mars Curiosity rover touch down on the surface of Mars. Having been launched the previous November, Curiosity had been en route to Mars for nearly eight months before it safely touched down after descent and began it’s long journey of collecting geological and planetary data. Now Curiosity, as many of the rovers before it, have been unmanned, sending it’s collected data back to Earth with no plans for immediate retrieval. Andy Weir’s novel The Martian, proposes a different scenario: what if an actual mission to Mars was successful, only to have to be aborted, accidentally leaving one of it’s crew members stranded on the red planet. Mark Watney, botanist and engineer for Ares 3 is sure he will be the first human being to die on Mars.

At the beginning of the novel, astronaut Mark Watney has just spent…

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