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Amberskin
Dec 22, 2013

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sticklefifer posted:

I really hope the first line of dialogue in the movie is "I'm pretty much hosed."

You mean monologue, don't you?

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Amberskin
Dec 22, 2013

We come in peace! Legit!


Senor Tron posted:

IIRC Andy Weir was having trouble working out the path Hermes would have to take through the solar system due to the constant thrusting of the ion engines, so he actually wrote a program which simulated the physics of the entire trip.

Andy Weir gave a Google Talk which can be watched here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMfuLtjgzA8

The orbital mechanics porn begins about 14:30 minutes into the video. Be aware it is quite spoily so don't watch it if you have not read the book.

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