A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.
Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return.Written by
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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 mark he adds), there's only 21 degrees of separation between characters, and hence still a high risk of ambiguity. Watney could have made an alphabet with only six characters - NASA could represent 36 different values (all 26 letters and 10 digits) using two characters per value (same as ASCII), and Watney would maintain 60 degrees of separation between characters and thereby eliminate risk of ambiguity. NASA can see Watney, so Watney could have written out an explanation to his base-6 code for NASA to follow. 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 and hence could have 36 degrees of separation instead of 23, increasing his disambiguation by 50%. ASCII (and alphabets generally) are not inherently linked to hexadecimal numbers; there's no need to use hex here.
Without this NASA would not have been able to communicate the changes to the code of the rover. That code must be in hexadecimal. However, he could have saved one character by missing out the "?". That is also an ASCII character which can be sent using the hexadecimal. This would give 22.5 degrees of arc. See more »
All right team, stay in sight of each other. Let's make NASA proud today.
How's it looking over there, Watney?
Well, you will be happy to hear that in Grid Section 14-28, the particles were predominately coarse but in 29, they're much finer and they should be ideal for chem analysis.
Oh, wow. Did everybody hear that? Mark just discovered dirt.
Should we alert the media?
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Entertaining and slick enough to make you go with it
I heard a lot about this film regarding its scientific validity as a piece of fiction. Perhaps as a result of this I assumed that the film would be a dry affair – an impression sort of confirmed by the longer than normal running time. As it happens, this is not the case at all because The Martian has much more in common with the entertaining blockbuster that the starry cast list and presentation suggest it will be. The story wears its science very much on its sleeve, but yet makes it accessible and fun – with the slick presentation making it so. As a result everything seems to be explained with everyday objects, and even the most complex principles are presented in simple terms (references to Iron Man for instance). As a result the film gets to have its cake and eat it – although the film is helped by the knowledge of a lot of this being possible (eg hitting a point near Pluto recently with very tight tolerances on a journey of years).
The film itself doesn't really play up the drama in a heavy way, but rather does enough to invest the viewer in it without making it too much of a downer or serious. The soundtrack is hugely upbeat, the content is mostly light in tone, and the science is delivered in a very user-friendly fashion – essentially in the service of the tone and the entertainment value, nothing more than this. The starry cast add to this feeling, and use their screen presence well. Damon is consistently likable, which is just as well since he is alone in the vast majority of his scenes. The ensemble cast has a lot of depth to it, all of which are solidly watchable – Chastain, Wiig, Daniels, Eiofor, Peña, Bean, and so on. The Chinese aspects of the plot serves as another reminder that this film is a blockbuster out to make money, but it doesn't seem too out of place. Technically it looks great and it impressive how convincing the surface of Mars looks.
In the end we get to the fist-pumping mission control scenes that we all knew were coming, but along the way the film is slickly packaged and entertaining as a result; even if the oft-mentioned scientific validity of it all is not something it ever seems concerned with itself.
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