Injured and left for dead, alone on the planet Mars, can Mark Watney survive for more than one year until help arrives? Mark is the main character, and he is on Mars throughout all the book. The problem is that he doesn’t have enough food to live on Mars until NASA can rescue him. Trouble started when he was out exploring with his crew during a dust storm when a piece of equipment broke and hit him. Lewis [the commander] and the crew escaped the dust storm, assuming Mark had died.
Realizing that landing a 20-ton spaceship running at a tremendous speed through the thin Martian atmosphere would be highly problematic, the Mars One team proposes that when they are near Mars, the astronauts from the main area of the spaceship will transfer to the Lander, which would eventually land on Mars (“Mass Transit Vehicle”). It does look seemingly easy, but it may be wise to consider what had happened during the landing of NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars and the reason why NASA branded the process as “Seven Minutes of
When Neil Armstrong first touched down on the moon in 1969, millions of people watched him take the first step and create history (Villard). Yet even as we’ve moved on from the moon landings and consider them as a pivotal point for mankind, “Forty years after U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon, many conspiracy theorists still insist the Apollo 11 moon landing was an elaborate hoax”(Than). The idea that our voyage to the moon was deliberately staged seems to resurface year after year. While the conspiracy theorists claim the moon landing was a hoax, creating a fake moon landing would have been more expensive and difficult than actually reaching the moon. The race to the moon began on October 5, 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik into orbit around the earth: “When the Soviet Union launched the satellite Sputnik, on October 4, 1957, the United States experienced a technological identity crisis”(Olson).
The book starts out on Mars with Mark Watney, the main character, and introduces his crew and the people at NASA later on. The setting is Mars for the most part, but other times it is NASA or the spaceship Hermes. Since the main setting is Mars, it makes sense that the conflict is man vs. nature because Watney is always addressing problems the planet throws at him. These problems make being an astronaut on Mars very difficult and that brings on the theme of surviving, because being an astronaut stuck on Mars isn’t ever easy. All these components make Andy Weir is an outstanding writer, and his science-fiction elements and suspense built into the story are amazing.
And tonight, I’ve made up my mind. One of us will fly to Mars!” (p. 1). To explain this quote, Fiorello basically proves Bramante wrong, when Bramante is talking of how there is no earthly way that he is able to go to space, and then he talks of how he has saved up enough money already, and it’s guaranteed that one of his family is going to Mars. “Maria looked at her husband. “What have you done?” she said.
In this essay I will discuss three of the many problems Mark Watney faces in the Martian. The first major problem Watney faces is getting stranded and wounded on Mars. The second problem Watney faces is how he is going to survive on mars till help can come. The final problem he faces is how is he going to get to the Ares, so he can leave Mars. The first problem Mark Watney face on Mars is getting injured and becoming stranded on Mars.
We must accept however that space is our back-up plan if we were to exploit the Earth to such an extent that we could no longer survive here. If we are to be properly prepared for such a venture we will have to continue space exploration, regardless of the consequences of putting more foreign objects that potentially could pollute outer space. Topic 1: In ancient times, various cultures interpreted the strange objects suspended in the sky in various ways. Some thought it was just a work of god and accepted it. Others recognized patterns in the ways the objects moved.
Firstly, the author claims that because of the many technological advances due to the "Space Race", a commitment to a manned mission to Mars will produce similar results. Although there are many similarities between committing to sending a man to the moon and to sending a man to mars, it false for the author to assume that there will be similar technological and humanitarian advances. The 1960's is a very different time period from today and as a result, it is unknown whether a manned mission to Mars will prove to be a worthy investment. Additionally, a large part of the "space Race" can be attributed to the competition between the USSR and the USA during the Cold War. The competition for becoming the leader in space technology was very fierce and was very politically driven, allowing for huge amounts of money to be invested in space technology.
In the science novel, The Martian, the author Andy Weir explores the theme of sacrifice and the sacrifices a human must make to stay alive. The story is about a Mark Watney, an astronaut who is on a space mission on Mars and gets separated from the rest of the team and is stranded on the barren planet for many months. For Mark’s sake, he is stranded alone and chooses to make sacrifices that he doesn’t need to make. “It wasn't your fault ... In your position I would have done the same thing.
Andy Weir definitely made The Martian one of the most suspenseful and funny books of its time. There are not many characters incorporated into this book, but the main focus is on Mark Watney. The predicament that Mark gets into is that he gets stuck on Mars. The Martian is about Mark trying to get back to Earth and the people at NASA. The key things that strike the reader in The Martian are the great use of suspense and humor.
While the Puritan food options included a variety of crops and fish, the new Martians will have a food choice of freeze dried and canned food only. Because there will be no native Martians for the new Martians to rely on, the new Martians will undergo technical training, personal training, and group training before they make their journey to Mars. During their training process “The astronauts will be required to learn many new skills and gain proficiency in a wide variety of disciplines” (Mars one). Each astronaut (new Martian) will specialize in multiple areas of expertise in order to support the survival of all the astronauts. These multiple areas of expertise include extensive medical training in order to treat minor and critical health problems, training in studies on Mars geology, and studies in ‘exobiology,’ physiotherapy, psychology, and electronics.
Galbraith mentioned Fermi’s Paradox, which instantly peaked my interest. He described it as a theory stating there are billions of stars in our universe, and eventually different planets started to develop, so their must be other planets like Earth out there somewhere. The question is why haven’t we found them. Galbraith mentioned that because we have had trouble with sustainability outside of our own atmosphere, maybe other Earth-like planets are in the same boat as we are. This paradox got me thinking about space travel, and if we will be able to visit other planets like Earth one day.
In The Martian by Andy Weir, Mark Watney must survive on Mars after being left behind. When a storm hit the Mars research lab, the Ares 3 crew must evacuate. In the escape, Mark is thought dead, so the rest of the crew leaves. However Mark is still alive and works to survive. Eventually Mark communicates with NASA, and plans for a rescue.
When Shepard and Mitchell landed on the moon in January, they managed an impressive amount of science work, but they soon grew more confused as to where they were. They were lost during their expedition up the side of a large crater. The men soon grew tired and overheated as they pressed on toward the crater rim. They had two choices: “try and make the rim or carefully and scientifically document the rocks they were climbing past. They did neither.” They did what they could do, they grabbed samples and took some photographs before continuing
Not only is NASA conforming to the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, but they are doing a favor to the supposed life on Mars, as “The environment on mars potentially is basically one giant dinner plate for Earth organisms.” That being said, even if life is not found on Mars, we ought to keep it healthy in case people discover a way to live on the planet. Another reason as to why we should prevent as many microbes as possible from dwelling on Mars, or any planet, is that we would not be able to accurately study the planet when covered in Earth microbes. The planets are very different from Earth; however the more microbes from our rovers and satellites inhabit these places, the more they become similar to