By Andy Weir
Six days in the past, astronaut Mark Watney grew to become one of many first humans to stroll on Mars.
Now, he is convinced he will be the 1st individual to die there.
After a dirt hurricane approximately kills him and forces his staff to evacuate whereas considering him lifeless, Mark reveals himself stranded and fully by myself without solution to even sign Earth that he’s alive—and whether he may perhaps get note out, his provides will be long gone lengthy ahead of a rescue may possibly arrive.
Chances are, even though, he don't have time to starve to demise. The broken equipment, unforgiving surroundings, or plain-old "human mistakes" are more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn't really able to quit but. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a continuing, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one possible insurmountable quandary after the subsequent. Will his resourcefulness be sufficient to beat the most unlikely odds opposed to him?
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An unremarkable force. Navigation wasn’t an issue. As Lighthouse receded into the gap, the rim of Hamelin crater got here into view. I left Acidalia Planitia in the back of decades in the past. I’m good into Ares Vallis now. The wilderness plains are giving strategy to bumpier terrain, strewn with ejecta that by no means bought buried by means of sand. It makes riding a chore; i need to pay extra cognizance. Up until eventually now, I’ve been using correct over the rock-strewn panorama. yet as I go back and forth farther south, the rocks are becoming higher and extra considerable. i need to pass round a few of them or chance harm to my suspension. the good news is I don’t need to do it for lengthy. as soon as i am getting to Pathfinder, i will be able to flip round and move the opposite direction. The weather’s been excellent. No discernible wind, no storms. i feel I obtained fortunate there. There’s a great opportunity my rover tracks from the prior few sols are intact. I may be in a position to come again to Lewis Valley simply by following them. After constructing the sun panels at the present time, I went for a bit stroll. I by no means left sight of the rover; the very last thing i would like to do is wander away strolling. yet I couldn’t belly crawling again into that cramped, stinky rat’s nest. now not without delay. It’s an odd feeling. all over the place i'm going, I’m the 1st. Step outdoor the rover? First man ever to be there! Climb a hill? First man to climb that hill! Kick a rock? That rock hadn’t moved in 1000000 years! I’m the 1st man to force long-distance on Mars. the 1st man to spend greater than thirty-one sols on Mars. the 1st man to develop vegetation on Mars. First, first, first! I wasn’t waiting for to be first at something. i used to be the 5th crewman out of the MDV after we landed, making me the 17th individual to set foot on Mars. The egress order have been decided years previous. A month sooner than release, all of us bought tattoos of our “Mars numbers. ” Johanssen virtually refused to get her “15” simply because she used to be afraid it is going to harm. Here’s a girl who had survived the centrifuge, the vomit comet, hard-landing drills and 10k runs. a lady who mounted a simulated MDV computing device failure whereas being spun round upside-down. yet she used to be petrified of a tattoo needle. guy, I omit these men. Jesus Christ, I’d supply whatever for a five-minute dialog with somebody. a person, at any place. approximately whatever. I’m the 1st individual to be on my own on a complete planet. ok, adequate moping. i'm having a talk with an individual: whoever reads this log. It’s a piece one-sided yet it’ll need to do. i'd die, yet rattling it, a person will understand what I needed to say. And the complete element of this journey is to get a radio. i'll be reconnected with mankind prior to I even die. So here’s one other first: day after today I’ll be the 1st individual to get well a Mars probe. LOG access: SOL eighty two Victory! i discovered it! I knew i used to be within the correct sector while i noticed dual Peaks within the distance. the 2 small hills are below a kilometer from the touchdown website. Even greater, they have been at the a long way part of the location. All I needed to do was once objective for them till i discovered the lander. And there it used to be! correct the place it was once presupposed to be! I excitedly stumbled out and rushed to the positioning.