<quote><p>I loved the book The Martian, which has a lot of technology in it (the movie was a bit dumbed down compared to the book, but not entirely).</p></quote>
<p>My only problem with "The Martian" is that the premise for him being marooned on Mars (at least in the film) is completely bogus. Mars has 1% of the atmospheric pressure of earth, there's absolutely no way that a dust storm could cause anything like the effects it had in the movie. It certainly could not lift rocks, never mind knocking over a rocket.</p></quote>
Yet the story acknowledges the very thin atmosphere when Watney removes the front nose cover of the Ares 4 MAV to shed weight and puts a tarp over the hole.