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By Andy Weir

Six days in the past, astronaut Mark Watney turned 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 typhoon approximately kills him and forces his team 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 no matter if he may perhaps get be aware out, his offers will be long past lengthy earlier than a rescue may arrive.

Chances are, notwithstanding, he will not have time to starve to dying. The broken equipment, unforgiving setting, or plain-old "human mistakes" are more likely to kill him first.

But Mark is not able to surrender but. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a constant, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one likely insurmountable difficulty after the subsequent. Will his resourcefulness be sufficient to beat the most unlikely odds opposed to him?

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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 wasteland plains are giving approach to bumpier terrain, strewn with ejecta that by no means obtained buried by way of sand. It makes riding a chore; i must pay extra consciousness. Up until eventually now, I’ve been riding correct over the rock-strewn panorama. yet as I commute farther south, the rocks are becoming higher and extra ample. i must move round a few of them or danger harm to my suspension. the excellent news is I don’t need to do it for lengthy. as soon as i am getting to Pathfinder, i will flip round and cross the wrong way. The weather’s been first-class. No discernible wind, no storms. i feel I received fortunate there. There’s a superb opportunity my rover tracks from the prior few sols are intact. I can be capable of come back to Lewis Valley simply by following them. After establishing the sun panels this present day, I went for a bit stroll. I by no means left sight of the rover; the very last thing i need to do is wander off taking walks. yet I couldn’t abdominal crawling again into that cramped, stinky rat’s nest. now not immediately. It’s a wierd feeling. in all places i'm going, I’m the 1st. Step open air 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 awaiting to be first at whatever. i used to be the 5th crewman out of the MDV once we landed, making me the 17th individual to set foot on Mars. The egress order have been made up our minds years previous. A month ahead of release, all of us received tattoos of our “Mars numbers. ” Johanssen nearly refused to get her “15” simply because she was once afraid it's going to harm. Here’s a lady who had survived the centrifuge, the vomit comet, hard-landing drills and 10k runs. a girl who fastened a simulated MDV desktop failure whereas being spun round upside-down. yet she was once petrified of a tattoo needle. guy, I leave out these men. Jesus Christ, I’d provide whatever for a five-minute dialog with an individual. an individual, at any place. approximately something. I’m the 1st individual to be by myself on a whole planet. ok, adequate moping. i'm having a talk with somebody: whoever reads this log. It’s a section one-sided yet it’ll need to do. i'd die, yet rattling it, anyone will recognize what I needed to say. And the full aspect of this journey is to get a radio. i'll be reconnected with mankind earlier than I even die. So here’s one other first: the next day I’ll be the 1st individual to get better a Mars probe. LOG access: SOL eighty two Victory! i discovered it! I knew i used to be within the correct zone while i realized dual Peaks within the distance. the 2 small hills are lower than a kilometer from the touchdown website. Even greater, they have been at the a ways facet of the positioning. All I needed to do was once target for them till i discovered the lander. And there it was once! correct the place it was once purported to be! I excitedly stumbled out and rushed to the positioning.

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