Saturday, 25 June 2016

The Martian - not a solo adventure because communication

The Martian modernises the castaway adventure with mostly real science about how to deal with being stranded on Mars after an exploration mission - and also because communication with the rescue effort is a major factor. It starts out impossible and then improves to very difficult, to about as easy as modern communication with a half-hour lag from Earth to Mars.

Constant communication really changes the “split the party” issue - Leverage talks about this, and Steve D talks about this when he talks about Leverage. Here, getting the connection to work is a plot point - before that it is effectively a solo adventure - and the delay can be a major factor at times once it’s up and running.

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