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At the beginning of "The Martian", did the commander see Mark before she was getting into the ship?

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    You mean right at the start? They did not know about such a storm incoming – BlueMoon93 Nov 18 '16 at 15:33
  • they first come to ship during storm and they get out. – Chris Harris Nov 18 '16 at 15:35
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    Because a storm was coming that was going to destroy their only space vehicle (the ship). If they lost it, they would all be in the same boat as Watney (they would die for one reason or another). – John Nov 18 '16 at 16:06
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    It seems pretty clear that the asker means the hab when they say "ship". – DCShannon Nov 18 '16 at 20:04
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    This question should not be re-opened upon further edits, as it is NOTHING like the original question was responded to. Better to just ask a new question, at this point. – PoloHoleSet Nov 25 '16 at 22:34
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They don't get out of the ship.

They see the storm is coming, and decide they have to abort the rest of the mission and leave for the safety of all. What they leave is the habitat/quarters/installation, and they go TO the ship so they can leave.

It would be the Earth equivalent of a hurricane coming, so you leave your house to get into your car, parked in the driveway, so you can drive to safety.

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    I think the OP may have mistook the Hab for a ship. – Liesmith Nov 18 '16 at 18:23
  • @Liesmith - agreed. – PoloHoleSet Nov 18 '16 at 18:26
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The Mars expedition team has been on Mars for about a month now, after ~9 months of travel to Mars. They are in the middle of routine research tasks, collecting data and samples for science. They are living, camping really, in the HAB, a habitat built on Mars. Their main spaceship is in orbit, and the Mars Descent Vehicle (MDV) was a one way ship. The ship they get in is the Mars Ascent Vehicle, the MAV, also a one trick pony.

Mars has regular dust storms, but the one that hit was SO OVERPOWERED that they had to leave as an emergency.

They left the HAB, a makeshift building, for the MAV because otherwise they would die or get stranded on Mars because of the storm.

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