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For those interested in a technically detailed fictional account of a rescue mission to Mars, read The Martian by Andy Weir. It raises some of the same feelings as this article.

Note: This is the same Andy Weir who wrote the short story "The Egg" [1] which is often posted to Hacker News [2,3].

[1] http://www.galactanet.com/oneoff/theegg_mod.html

[2] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1489497 (1331 days ago)

[3] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7203095 (17 days ago)

I'm actually reading it right now, and it's kind of eerie reading the things discussed in the article at the same time as the main character in the book is considering them.

For those interested in a pretty ok movie, Marooned (1969) is about the rescue of astronauts unable to de-orbit after spending months in a space station.

Sorry to disagree, but the movie is kind of meh.

Read Marty Caidin's book instead. It's hard to put down, and contains a nice section concerning Jim Pruett's finishing school that makes you want to become a pilot yourself.

Why not both?

I find easier to imagine the characters in a book if I have seen someone portraying them before.

Actually, the full movie is not necessary, a trailer will do.

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