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A film adaption of a science fiction novel by Andy Weir framed as the journal of Mark Watney as he attempts to survive alone on Mars after being abandoned there in an emergency. It features Matt Damon and is directed by Ridley Scott.

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Why can't the second MAV reach the Hermes?

In the beginning of The Martian, the first MAV can reach orbiting Hermes just fine with 5 passengers on board. Yet towards the end of the movie, we are shown that the second MAV needs to lose weight ...
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How did they manage the return home?

After blowing up the airlock to slow down sufficiently to rescue Mark at the end of The Martian, how did the crew make it back to Earth with the change in velocity having exhausted all their fuel?
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How did NASA astronauts launch the pod from Mars, though they were at millions of Kilometres away?

I watched The Martian (2015) not long ago and it has finally dawned on me why it looked a bit weird: When Mark was stranded on Mars because of a dust storm, back on Earth they hold a funeral for him. ...
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Why would Watney write his own name?

Why would Watney write his name after he wrote a communication? When Watney was asking how the launch to get him supplies he writes this below: Being that he is the only one to be communicating ...
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Why didn't Mark Watney start digging downward?

I've watched The Martian and I've read the book, yet I still don't understand one thing. If he ran out of horizontal space for crops, why didn't Mark Watney start digging downward? In the book he ...
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Pertaining to The Martian, what is the ratio of SOLs to Earth days?

I didn't see an explanation in the movie. How many days pass on Earth when one SOL passes on Mars? I heard a reference of two months passing, but I thought only (counts)....less than 50 SOLs had ...
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Did the commander see Mark just before the take off? [closed]

At the beginning of "The Martian", did the commander see Mark before she was getting into the ship?
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How could the Hermes crew check the orbit calculations so fast?

The Hermes orbit calculations in The Martian were so complicated that Rich Purnell had to use some servers at the first place to complete them but when they were sent to the Hermes crew they could ...
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Why didn't Mark Watney grow more crops after malfunction happened in the Hab on Mars?

In The Martian, I understand that all the bacteria would have died after getting exposed to Mars' atmosphere with sub zero temperature, but Mark's poop will always have bacteria to cultivate more ...
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Why was the public not upset in The Martian?

It would've cost over $1 billion of taxpayer money to realistically get Watney home. Probably more with all the mistakes they made in the process. Yet the public is not upset by this one bit. Instead ...
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Has the word “lunacy” been chosen intentionally?

When Mark Watney learns and talks about the plan for the MAV at some point he uses the word "lunacy" to describe it. Was the word "Lunacy" which is originated from the word "Luna" (Latin name for Moon)...
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What happened to Rover 1 in The Martian?

Part of the story-line for the Martian involves Watney salvaging parts from "Rover 1": But the movie doesn't really touch on what happened to Rover 1, perhaps the book goes into more detail about ...
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Why did they not mention the year in which the events take place in the film?

I haven't read the novel yet but according to the online sources, the events in The Martian take place in 2035 in the novel. I've watched the movie for about 7-8 times till now but couldn't find any ...
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Earth Mars chat communication delay

Mark Watney was able to hack Mars Pathfinder and set up a kind of chat application to communicate with Earth. But AFAIK there is communication delay about 30 minutes in one way! And in the movie it ...
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What protocols did NASA stop using during Apollo 9 that the CNSA is still using?

In the amazing film, "The Martian", there is a montage sequence where everyone is figuring out how to get the Hermes resupplied for it's rescue mission of Space Pirate Mark Watney. During this ...
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Mars descent vehicle

We all know how the MAV in The Martian was used by Ares crews to get off the planet but the film does not explain how they got on to it, is part of the HAB a descent vehicle? (I haven't read the book )...
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Was the Iron Man scene in The Martian realistic?

Closer to the ending of the movie, when Mark Watney cuts a hole in his EVA suit to rendezvous with the Hermes, we see him spiraling wildly out of control before he links up with the Hermes crew. ...
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Use of NASA signage in the Martian?

NASA signage has been used on most props and sets in the movie The Martian. Firstly, why does NASA allow its name to be attached to for profit ventures when it itself is a government agency? ...
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Why did Hermes leave immediately?

In The Martian, why did the Hermes leave right away after the storm that stranded Mark? Presumably, they had been planning on staying on Mars for longer, so why didn't they stay in orbit longer?
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How far did Watney drive to get to the Pathfinder in “The Martian”?

The Character Mark Watney incrementally modified his Mars Rover over a period of months as he gradually extended its range. Eventually he was able to retrieve a derelict Mars Pathfinder by digging it ...
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Is it scientifically possible to grow potatoes in Martian soil?

In The Martian (2015) we see the protagonist planting potatoes in soil that he dug out from the surface of Mars. Wouldn't the soil be incapable of sustaining life for the potatoes (let alone giving ...
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How did launched vehicles match speed of slingshot vehicle?

In The Martian, the "main ship" is the one that used a slingshot maneuver around earth to return to mars. There was also a Chinese resupply pod that was launched from earth a few days before it the ...
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Why did HFPA put The Martian under comedy?

I am wondering why did HFPA put The Martian under comedy? Is it because they wanted to give it an award? Has something similar happened before?
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What advantage does the hexadecimal numeric system have over the decimal system in The Martian?

In The Martian, we learn that Mark communicates with NASA using the abandoned Pathfinder from 1996. At first he uses a YES/NO system to communicate then chooses the hexadecimal system to communicate ...
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Why does Matt Damon cut a hole in the roof of the rover?

In the movie The Martian (2015), Matt Damon is asked to cut a hole in the roof of his rover and cover it with a tarp. I couldn't see any reason why this was done, except possibly to allow it to fill ...
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Who sent the email to the sat-con girl in The Martian?

I missed seeing who sent the email to the satelite monitoring girl. Who told her to check out the coordinates on the two different days?
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Why was Chiwetel Ejiofor made to be part Indian in The Martian?

Why was Chiwetel Ejiofor's character made out to be part Indian (Vincent Kapoor) in the movie The Martian? He otherwise has no Indian history, looks to be Nigerian. Was there a reason why the creators ...
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Did Matt Damon actually lose weight for The Martian?

Did Matt Damon lose weight to look that skinny in The Martian or was that a body double?
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How realistic is Mark Watney's self-operation?

After returning to the Mars station in The Martian, Mark Watney self-operates his wound. How realistic is that self-treatment?
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Does Mark get fuel to make water from the rocket that the other crew members had used to escape?

In The Martian, Mark makes water using a couple of things. I'm not sure if I saw it correctly, but it seemed to me that he took the rover and drove to the rocket to get fuel from it. However, isn't ...
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Why was The Martian's NASA lecture on earth at “Day 1”?

After The Martian Mark Watney got rescued and returned to Earth, there is a scene near the end where he sits on a bench and looks at a little plant emerging from the ground to his feet, reminding him ...
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Why were the MAVs sent so far in advance of missions?

The movie The Martian wastes no time in getting the lead character stranded on Mars, and my question has to do with the events and details of the opening scene and how they relate to the MAV provided ...
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How did they survive the way back?

In order to slow down the ship in The Martian (or bring it closer to the MAV, I don't recall), the crew of the Hermes vent the entire ship – save for the cockpit – in the void. Then they rescue him. ...
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Why couldnt the crew land on mars to pick Mark Watney up?

In the movie "The Martian", why couldn't the crew land on Mars to pick Watney up?
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Where did Mark Watney get the escape pod in The Martian?

In the end Mark Watney played by Matt Damon escapes in a space shuttle (don't know what it is called). I have watched the movie only didn't read the book, I have some doubts From where did the space ...
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Extra oxygen from breathing when lighting up the hydrazine?

When he first tries to light up hydrazine in the greenhouse in order to obtain water, The Martian Mark Watney blows up the contraption. Later, he reasons this was due to the extra oxygen he exhaled. ...
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How did NASA figure out Mark was still alive?

In The Martian, the whole reason that NASA end up trying to help stranded astronaut/botanist Mark Watney is because someone happens to notice that since the Hermes left Mars, the "base camp" on Mars ...