Phrases and quotes from The Martian


“Every human being has a basic instinct – to help each other out. If a hiker gets lost in the mountains, people coordinate a search. If an earthquake levels the city, people all over the world send emergency supplies. This instinct is found in every culture… without exception… At around 4:30am our satellites detected a storm approaching the ARES 3 mission side on Mars. The storm had escalated to severe and we had no choice but to abort the mission. But, during the evacuation, astronaut Marc Watney was killed.
I’m entering this log for the record. This is Marc Watney, and I’m still alive, obviously. I have no way to contact NASA or my crew mates. But, even if I could, it would take four years for another manned mission to reach me, and I’m in a Hab designed to last 31 days. So, in the face of overwhelming odds, I’m left with only one option. I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this. Okay, let’s do the math. I got to figure out how to grow four years worth of food, here, on a planet where nothing grows. But, if I can’t figure out a way to make contact with NASA, none of this matters anyway.
NEW MESSAGE RECEIVED Houston be advised, we’ve got a video message. It’s directed to the whole crew. Play it. MEIN GOT! Mark Watney is still alive. In your face, Neil Armstrong. We left him behind. Let’s go get our boy. This is something NASA rejected. So, we’re talking mutiny. And if we mess up the supply rendez-vous, we die. If we mess-up the earth gravity assist, we die. It’s space, it doesn’t cooperate. I guarantee you, that at some point, everything is gonna go south on you. And you’re gonna say ‘this is it’. This is how I end… Is it possible that he is still alive?”


Mark Watney:Hi, I’m Mark Watney and I’m still alive… obviously.

Mark Watney:In the face of overwhelming odds, I’m left with only one option, I’m gonna have to science the shit out of this.

Mark Watney:I’m the first person to be alone on an entire planet.

Teddy Sanders:Every time something goes wrong, the world forgets why we fly.

numbers check outnumbers are exactly as expected
raise an objection (to someone or something)to disagree or to protest against someone or something
pass alongto deliver information to other person
lunacybeing crazy, craziness
in vainwithout sense, pointless
leave to deadto abandon somebody
go through (something)to browse or search through something
buy more timeto make more time available
make itto survive
leave behind (something)to remain as a result of something
do the mathto calculate information in order to understand the situation
root for (someone)to support, to applaud, to cheer for somebody
get outto reach the public attention (information)
side noteextra piece of information
come as a surpriseto make someone feel surprised
force (someone’s) handto push somebody to do something he/she wouldn't normally do
watch your languagebe careful what you say
scrubcancel and leave (informal)
hone in on (something)to focus and move towards a target
do one’s bestto do the maximum
dig up (something)to get something from under the ground by digging, to excavate
wait out (something)wait until something (usually negative) is over
take a chanceto risk
grasp for anythingtrying every possible option
take a lookto have a look
write-upwritten note
flybyclose flight near the target in order to make an observation
step over (something or someone)to take a step in order to avoid something on the ground
stay putstay where you are
there/here’s the rubthere is the problem
say the wordask for something (favor)
in one’s powerwhen someone has the ability to do something, in one’s hands
look forward to (something)to anticipate/await something eagerly
be in businesswhen something is operating OK
take turnswhen two or more people alternate in doing something
hold outsurvive in difficult circumstances
shut one’s mouthstop talking
pronelying with the face down
turn off (something)switch off, disconnect the power
chem analysischemical analysis
boil off (something)evaporate by boiling
load up (something)to put a lot of stuff in certain place
come upgetting closer, approaching