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The Martian by Andy Wier

I am currently reading The Martian, the Exciting scienc-fiction novel by Andy Wier. It takes place during the 2030s, and features the crew of a manned mission to Mars aboard the spaceship Ares III, who establish a temporary artificial habitat, called the Hab, on Mars, where they intend to stay for two months before departing back to Earth. However Eighteen days into the Mars mission, a massive Martian storm hits the base and the crew is forced to abandon the planet due to the danger that their escape vehicle will be destroyed and leave them permanently stranded on Mars. Unfortunately While evacuating, astronaut Mark Watney is lost and presumed dead as his biomonitor is damaged. With the lives of her crew at stake, mission commander Melissa Lewis is forced to leave the planet, leaving Watney behind.


Back on Mars Watney survives the storm and makes it back to the Hab. Unable to contact NASA and Faces a fight for survival on Mars until he can be rescued. However Being a resourceful fellow, Watney uses his knowledge as a Botanist to construct a makeshift farm and Habitat for himself which will allow him to grow crops that will sustain him until he can be rescued by The next Mission to Mars “Ares IV”. Watney also locates the Pathfinder probe, defunct since 1997, and uses it to regain contact with Earth and also modifies the Mars Rover in order to send and receive text messages from NASA under guidance from NASA director Teddy Sanders.

Back aboard The Hermes, Flight Director Mitch Henderson and JPL director Bruce Ng find out that Watney is still alive and form an audacious plan to send a space probe to Mars and resupply Watney until Ares IV can reach him. Elsewhere The China National Space Administration (CNSA) also offers NASA a a classified booster that can carry a payload to Mars. Meanwhile Rich Purnell, a NASA astrodynamicist, Works out an audacious plan to enable the crew to return to Mars and rescue Watney…

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