The Martian is a 2015 American science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. The film is based on Andy Weir’s 2011 novel of the same name, which was adapted into a screenplay by Drew Goddard.
In the year 2035, the crew of the Ares III manned mission to Mars is on Sol 18 of their 31-sol expedition on the surface, when a severe dust storm forces them to abort the mission and return to their orbiting vessel Hermes. During the evacuation, astronaut Mark Watney is struck off by flying debris and is lost in the storm; the last telemetry from his suit indicates that it has lost pressure, with no life signs. With their launch vehicle on the verge of tipping over in the wind, and the remaining crew’s lives in peril, mission commander Melissa Lewis gives the order to launch without retrieving him; they subsequently leave Mars aboard the “Hermes”.
As the storm dissipates, Watney later awakes to the sound of a low-oxygen warning.
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