| Even if Watney was insistent on using ASCII, he could have used decimal representations of ASCII (three-digit ASCII is only used for lowercase letters and characters he'd have no need of, so NASA could still represent any value with two characters), where he'd only need ten characters plus a question card and hence could have 33 degrees of separation instead of 23, increasing his disambiguation by 50%. The actual device is a 3-story-high CNC robotic arm that lifts cargo packets and inserts them into a capsule to prevent damage to the capsule or its doorways from manhandling cargo inside. The only way Watney could use a punctured glove to move through space is with the hole pointing away from his center of gravity. It seems unlikely that the 2nd MAV could be placed on Mars for long periods of time and be expected to stay upright until the next mission arrived. So real-time text messaging as in the movie could not be achieved and Kapoor would never have been embarrassed by Mark asking "Are you receiving?" If it was still upright under the sand as it is shown later after he excavates it, it would have been sticking out of the sand and he would have seen it right away. Also, it makes navigating the inside of the spacecraft harder for the astronauts because they have to catch a moving spoke. If NASA was not receiving Mark, how could they ever point the camera at "No" or anywhere else for that matter? If the circular opening was 6 feet across there would have been at least [pi*(3ft^2)*(12in/ft)*(12in/ft)*(7psi)] or about 28,000 pounds of force on the cover. For the same reason that Watney's ribs broke during ascent (loss of bone density due to micro gravity), the entire Hermes crew would have suffered debilitating bone loss during the trip home without the use of the now-depressurized gym on the rotating deck. Detailed explanations, analysis, and citation info for every important quote on LitCharts. when failing to respond. The secret project created to use the Hermes to return to Mars to rescue Watney was called Project Elrond, a reference from the Lord of the Rings (also used in the original book of The Martian). The Martian is a science-fiction film based on Andrew Weir's novel of the same name.Set in the year 2035, the film follows astronaut Mark Watney in his efforts to survive alone on Mars after his crewmates were forced to abandon the mission site believing him dead.Upon learning that Mark is alive, the crew takes a major risk heading back to Mars to rescue him. The first point is the storm. Hermes crew members twice use the term "altitude control" when they were talking about "attitude control". The story follows an American astronaut, Mark Watney, as he becomes stranded alone on Mars in 2035 and must improvise in order to survive. The wording of this boot message exactly matches the boot message in the book where Mark destroyed these panels in order to free the communications section and lift it onto the roof of the rover. With an atmospheric pressure of 1 Bar (100 kPa), it would equate to approximately 3.2 tons of pressure onto the seal(if the outside atmosphere is neglected, since it is less than 0.01 Bar). Loading... Unsubscribe from Media Minded? What appears on Watney's screen is "We don't like you.". By the time you see The Martian in movie theaters next week, one of its biggest plot points will already be a plot hole—thanks to this week’s announcement of water on Mars. With the airlocks of the entry shaft/storage compartment, containing the space suit(s), still intact, he can safely take off his Mars surface suit, shave and put on his space suit - otherwise his unprotected exposure to the Martian Atmosphere would have killed him pretty quickly. Martinez announces that he's shutting down the MAV's 2nd-stage engines, even though he knows the capsule isn't high enough and there's still fuel in the tanks. When NASA is in a video chat with the JPL scientists regarding making the Ares IV MAV lighter, a model can be seen behind the main JPL scientist. It seems as if the reporter is updating the world audience in "real time" which is impossible, due to the 12 minute communication delay. Potatoes need to be planted deep, at least 30 cm. The Martian - Dumbest Plot Hole / Movie Mistake Media Minded. When Watney looks at the plastic covering over the Hab exit you can see the plastic on the inside fluttering, indicating a fan was used to push the plastic outwards, the air currents making the plastic move. However, while in deep space, a brief shot shows Vogel walking in the background. Once the camera was pointed at "Yes", Mark would positively know that communications had been established with NASA. The Martian stars Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, and so many more, but in this trailer, the spotlight's on Matt Damon. Only when glove puncture is oriented precisely away from his center of mass, he would have flown in a straight line. Inside the dome, sunlight won't be enough for potatoes to grow. Gravity was visually stunning but I thought the theme went very dark at times while Interstellar was breathtaking in special effects, sound track and story, its plot was riddled with too many holes. In the office shots, the river Danube is visible through the windows, with the Budapest Technical University on the other bank. Marco Inaros is the main antagonist in The Expanse season 5, but his grand scheme to "free" the Belters had a significant plot hole — one that the Amazon Prime show has finally acknowledged and, possibly, answered. But considering the sandstorms can knock over a heavy MAV, it's easy to imagine that the Pathfinder toppled at some point, and the panel we see is the one closest to the surface above the buried lander. | NASA is a safety-conscious organization that will never allow a remote operator to open both airlock doors at the same time. The Hab's (apparently) only communication antenna that can contact Earth is torn away and likely destroyed in the storm, and anything on the MAV is gone, so Mark is left without any means of communication, until he gets the lander. In the microgravity section of the Hermes, astronauts exhibited non-ballistic motion while making right turns from one tunnel to another. That area should have been sealed from the near vacuum of the Martian atmosphere. Mark Watney wants to record a video log for the first time after the movie opening. More from. They should be simple slabs with rounded tops. After the HAB's airlock blows up and Mark climbs into the rover, it is cold inside so Mark's breath is visible and he blows on his hands to warm them up, even though the RTG (radioisotope thermoelectric generator) should be still there. It would probably be sufficient to push Mark towards the ship, slowly, and he wouldn't want to close the distance all that fast anyway. In interviews. Under Soviet influence most socialist countries have trains painted green; however it was mainly abolished recently in China as the China Railway High-speed (CRH) service rolled out, and CRH mainly used white-painted Hexie Hao trains, and Hexie Hao can reach a speed of 220 mph, much faster than shown in the movie. Contacting security wasn't needed, she only had to reply to his email in order to contact him. written on it flanked by a panel to its left labeled, "Yes", and a panel to its right labeled, "No". But e-mails can sit unread for hours; this is an emergency, so it's logical for Mindy to contact Kapoor by phone. When Johanssen leaves the control room to get the bomb from Vogel, her shoes go from plain white to ones with the Nike logo. We cut to Mindy Park and Vincent Kapoor, who very clearly states that Mark has been traveling for 13 days without changing course. The Martian - Plot Holes, Clarifications or Questions by ericvschultz » Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:04 pm Hi Andy - first things first: I find the story absolutely brilliant. LitCharts Teacher Editions. Director Ridley Scott and screenwriter Drew Goddard manage to … At various points in the movie, the "head up display" of Watneys space suit is shown, giving environmental and suit data on the atmospheric pressure and oxygen content. They could then just turn into a spoke that's not moving. Like Superman, he hails from a dead world and a lost family. Such goof is visible in. And also the flight time not consistent with the altitude what is appear from the on-board camera. In fact, data is sent and received via the Deep Space Network and would not involve any spacecraft replicas on Earth. 8/10 After hearing all the hype about Ridley Scott and Matt Damon's new film the Martian I was quite eager to see how Scott was going to follow up Prometheus, a film I rather enjoyed even though I hear a lot of complaining about the plot holes to which I do agree exist. So even at closest proximity between Mars and Earth, a message could exchanged only every 8 minutes or more, even if every party answered immediately. The Martian's fried to a crisp, leaving ash behind. Post all your questions or plotholes for The Martian 2015 Movie. As shown at the beginning of the movie, the dust storm that "killed" Mark Watney was on Sol 18 (the 18th Martian day of the ground mission). We manually review every incoming submission. The plants are still relatively immature when Watney harvests the potatoes. The watch is a Hamilton "Below Zero" model that has an automatic movement and does not beep regardless of what is pressed on it. Then he grabs some surgical tools and extracts the remaining piece of the antenna tip and takes the antenna out of the surgical tray nearby to match the tip up to the end of the antenna. Ares 3 astronaut Mark Watney begins recording his log of his Mars residency. This is the same physical principle which causes an ice skater drawing her arms against her body to spin faster. Also, according to data from the Curiosity rover, Martian soil contains roughly 30 liters of water per cubic meter. The HAB is designed for 6 people, and has 2 tiers of 3 bunks. Read the book, was disappointed by plot holes and technical errors. When Mindy Park receives the Email from Vincent Kapoor (at 1:30 AM) she's asked to check the coordinates at 46.7°N 22°W and zooms right into the Hab, but later in the Cafeteria, when plotting Marks course on the framed picture, when asked the Hab location she points at the image and states 31.2°N 28.5°W. However, even in real life rocket engines are shut down before the tanks are empty, otherwise the turbopumps will start spinning way faster than their maximum tolerance and will send high-velocity debris everywhere. The hole was large enough for an astronaut to walk through in length, suggesting the hole was at least 2 meters in diameter. If the center hub was fixed to the spokes and rim, the astronauts would just turn with the hub and they wouldn't notice it. Another error has to do with Watney controlling the escaping gas by making a fist. You’re gonna have to let some of them slide. While adding some drama, this would never happen, as everybody knows who has been using text messaging of any kind. The "Chinese space center" is actually the Palace of Arts (Muvészetek Palotája) in Budapest, Hungary. Watney has been stranded after his crewmates were forced to evacuate the planet because of a violent dust storm. However, in a shot where he connects a hose to siphon the hydrazine, the craft is clearly labeled "MAV.". When Mark gets out of the rover to pick up the pathfinder, the view switches to suit cam, the next view it shows the suit cam pointing skyward, then the next view cam is facing the correctly. Out of all of those other things that would certainly have been able to "phone home". However Sweet and Sour Chicken already appears in the list as the second item down from the 'Dinner' heading. In the NASA press room, the U.S. This would not matter, because it was not being used. For Mr. Watney, this means the easiest way of making water in the Hab was to bring Mars dirt inside, wait a while for it to warm up, and then replace it with fresh dirt. The MDV is sure to be able to contact Earth directly, as well as both the working and broken rovers, and the Hab would have had more than one system. The term "Actual" is used when being spoken by the leader of a ship, so only Lewis would have told Houston, "Hermes Actual." The flexible cover would have been inflated like a balloon on Earth holding in 7psi over atmospheric, and no wind in the near vacuum of Mars would cause it to billow in and out. Especially in 2035. Frightening & Intense Scenes There is a close up depiction of an emergency self-surgery towards the beginning of the movie that is incredibly detailed and disturbing for most viewers. When Commander Lewis finally grabs Watney and everyone is relieved, the puncture in his glove has stopped spewing air. On Sol 19, when Mark Watney is walking back to the hab after the storm, the rover is shown about 100 feet from the hab partially obscured by a small hill. This is the usually whipping boy for both the book or the movie. Plot pin pricks become plot gaping holes, and the central core of the theme becomes a giant presence, which as its reach extends, so too does the audience who can react or reject it. The recipe for water: Take hydrogen. Add oxygen. Given that wind force is a function of velocity and atmospheric density, a 120 mile per hour Martian storm would only have a dynamic force of approximately 12 miles per hour — great for Martian … They sell it to the public at NASA gift shops and museums. It should be hanging against a wall with the blue background to the left. Therefore, Watney and the other astronauts would have walked with a slight bounce, not as much as what you see in films of the lunar landings, but still noticeable. When Ares IV approaches Earth before returning to Mars, the earth appears partially in shadow as a crescent, but instead of darkness the shadow is filled with stars. A death defying activity like manuvering through space can be made less scary if you compare it to being like an Avenger. This leaves only the engineering problem of catching the water and condensing it for use by the Martians. With rover data, we've learned that Martian surface dirt contains roughly 0.5% Calcium Perchlorate. As the NASA psychiatrist is about to interview Watney, he has his hand to his face, holding a pen. The Martian is a 2015 science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. When the requested photograph of Watney is taken from the Pathfinder camera, the high gain antenna used to control the camera and transmit the image data is not aimed at Earth but is retracted. The technology for this is a pattern of dots which are black on both faces, then : selected ones are coloured on one face for the "inside" view, and different selected ones are coloured on the other face for the outside view. Why hasn't anyone questioned the logic of sending a botanist to Mars for a 30 day ground mission which would not be enough time to grow anything, or sending a botanist with nothing to grow anyway? Before puncturing the glove, Watney says he can control it, and does so during his exit from the MAV. They shouldn't be able to just turn their bodies in midair. NASA workers are shown loading the supply capsule using a forklift. When Mark opens the vacuumed bags of human waste, he complains about the smell. McSween et al. He could have used it to power the rover instead of having to stop every 35 KM to recharge the rover's batteries when traveling to MAV IV landing site. When he needs to cut a hole in the roof of his rover vehicle, Watney says that the geniuses on earth suggest drilling holes in the roof and then hitting it with a rock. The residual fuel is called wet mass and is considered unavoidable ballast. Taking days to research, using a supercomputer, and needing to be in the same room as the supercomputer are all unnecessary. The Hab should be EMF-shielded to prevent radiation exposure of the crew as Mars has little natural solar or cosmic radiation shielding, however the rover part of pathfinder, non-functioning in the book, can be seen roving the Hab in the closing days before Mark's journey to Aries IV. Martian Manhunter is one of the most tragic figures in the DC Universe. KEEP READING: Superman: Man of Tomorrow - Martian Manhunter's Hail Mary Play Has a Major Plot Hole Plot holes are sometimes plugged up or ignored with a Hand Wave, or occasionally dealt with by a Lampshade Hanging, and some writers think Plot Holes that only become apparent well after the story is over aren't worth sweating.. The next shot of the model shows the interior with a control module and other parts that get removed. A scientist like Watney should have realized that the hexadecimal system he uses with Pathfinder is unnecessarily complex - Watney complained that using a full alphabet would give him only 13 degrees of separation between letters, but with sixteen hexadecimal characters (plus the question card he adds), there's only 21 degrees of separation between characters, and hence still a high risk of ambiguity. The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points. Watney is exploring the storage cabinets in the base and then eats while itemising his food supply. She is shown receiving an e-mail from Vincent a few minutes later, but the message is time-stamped 00:35:16 with a tiny GMT above that, which is 12:35 AM in Greenwich, England, and 6:35 PM in Houston the previous day; 7 hours before she receives it. The Martian - Plot Holes, Clarifications or Questions by ericvschultz » Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:04 pm Hi Andy - first things first: I find the story absolutely brilliant. When Vogel is catching water droplets in the Hermes to amuse his kids, the belt suspending him to give the effect of weightlessness is visible under his clothes. By the time you see The Martian in movie theaters next week, one of its biggest plot points will already be a plot hole—thanks to this week’s announcement of water on Mars. Johanssen should have just called themselves "Hermes.". 30:05. A man if left behind from his group on mars. 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