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 yes he will be the 1st individual to die there.
After a mud hurricane approximately kills him and forces his staff to evacuate whereas considering him lifeless, Mark reveals himself stranded and fully on my own with out technique to even sign Earth that he’s alive—and no matter if he may well get be aware out, his offers will be long past lengthy sooner than a rescue may possibly arrive.
Chances are, even though, he do not have time to starve to dying. The broken equipment, unforgiving atmosphere, or plain-old "human blunders" are more likely to kill him first.
But Mark is not able to hand over but. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a continuing, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one doubtless insurmountable predicament after the following. Will his resourcefulness be sufficient to beat the most unlikely odds opposed to him?
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The following significant typhoon might reason the nice Martian Potato Migration. besides, all that might need to wait. I’ve acquired a whole day at the present time. After cleansing the sunlight cells, i need to payment the complete sunlight array to ensure the hurricane didn’t damage it. Then I’ll have to do an identical for the rover. I higher start. ••• AIRLOCK 1 SLOWLY depressurized to zero. 006 atmospheres. Watney, donning an EVA go well with, stood inside of it expecting the cycle to accomplish. He had performed it actually countless numbers of occasions. Any apprehension he could have had on Sol 1 used to be gone. Now it was once basically a monotonous chore prior to exiting to the outside. because the depressurization persevered, the Hab’s surroundings compressed the airlock, and AL102 stretched for the final time. On Sol 119, the Hab breached. The preliminary tear was once below one millimeter. The perpendicular carbon fibers must have avoided the rip from starting to be. yet numerous abuses had stretched the vertical fibers aside and weakened the horizontal ones past use. the complete strength of the Hab’s surroundings rushed in the course of the breach. inside a 10th of a moment, the rip used to be a meter lengthy, working parallel to the seal-strip. It propagated all of the method round till it met its start line. The airlock was once not connected to the Hab. The unopposed strain introduced the airlock like a cannonball because the Hab’s surroundings explosively escaped in the course of the breach. inside of, the shocked Watney slammed opposed to the airlock’s again door with the strength of the expulsion. The airlock flew 40 meters earlier than hitting the floor. Watney, slightly recovered from the sooner surprise, now persevered one other as he hit front door, face-first. His faceplate took the brunt of the blow, the security glass shattering into hundreds of thousands of small cubes. His head slammed opposed to the interior of the helmet, knocking him mindless. The airlock tumbled around the floor for a different fifteen meters. The heavy padding of Watney’s swimsuit stored him from many damaged bones. He attempted to make experience of the location, yet he used to be slightly unsleeping. ultimately performed tumbling, the airlock rested on its part amid a cloud of airborne dirt and dust. Watney, on his again, stared blankly upward in the course of the gap in his shattered faceplate. A gash in his brow trickled blood down his face. Regaining a few of his wits, he obtained his bearings. Turning his head to the facet, he appeared during the again door’s window. The collapsed Hab rippled within the distance, a junkyard of particles strewn around the panorama in entrance of it. Then, a hissing sound reached his ears. Listening rigorously, he discovered it used to be no longer coming from his swimsuit. someplace within the cell booth–sized airlock, a small breach used to be letting air break out. He listened carefully to the hiss, then he touched his damaged faceplate. Then he seemed out the window back. “You fucking kidding me? ” he acknowledged. bankruptcy 14 AUDIO LOG TRANSCRIPT: SOL 119 you recognize what!? Fuck this! Fuck this airlock, fuck that Hab, and fuck this complete planet! heavily, this is often it! I’ve had it! I’ve received a couple of minutes ahead of I run out of air and I’ll be damned if I spend them taking part in Mars’s little online game.