Did you make it to the end of the book? Were you on the edge of your seat, trying to figure out if Mark would be reunited with his crew or not?
Much of this last section deals with Mark’s journey to meet with the Hermes crew. Could you believe all of the modifications Mark did so he could have a comfortable journey to Schiaparelli. I know that he was highly trained in order to go into space, but I really can’t believe how he was able make so many modifications to NASA equipment without any extra training. I also had a hard time following all of the science involved in Mark’s journey and equipment. Did you all struggle to understand how he was preparing for the journey?
I was so stressed out when I read about the dust storm. I was sure that it was going to completely derail Mark’s journey. Again, Mark was so smart and was able to navigate around the storm. In fact, the descent into the Schiaparelli Basin seemed to be more of a problem. I was glad that he was able to recover from that crash. It’s a good thing that he gave himself extra days for travel, because he wouldn’t have made it without them.
In the last couple of pages, Mark is able to get to the Hermes and is rescued. I had a hard time visualizing his rescue, and I actually found it helpful to watch the last scenes of the movie. Let me know if you watched the end of the movie and if its depiction of Mark’s rescue helped you.
Overall, did you think the movie was realistic? Were you surprised that Mark was able to face every difficulty, almost with ease?
If you’re interested what a real astrophysicist thinks about this movie, check out this clip. In it, Neil DeGrasse Tyson discusses whether or not the science in the movie is realistic.
I hope you enjoyed this book! Next month, we’re reading Inferno, another adventurous story. I hope to hear from you in the comments!