Mars Andy Weir, Mars, answers your questions about Mars


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So @ellipses asks who is your second favorite planet?

Well, they probably assume that Mars is my favorite planet, but in reality my beloved planet is Earth, because I live on it. So Mars is my second favorite planet. But by answering the question, I would say that the next favorite planet after Mars is probably Venus, I think it is very interesting, it is a proportional planet of the Earth, it is about the same size. It's about the same gravity. Totally different environment though. Superhuman.

@coolmjohnson asks if Mars had earthquakes, would they be called marsquakes?

Yes, and by the way, Mars has earthquakes. They recently found it out. Seismic activity was detected on Mars. It is not quite like the tectonic plates of the Earth, but it has vibrations. Answering a question about when the Mars base, Alpha will become reality, Elon Musk probably said in 2028 to build a base. I think Elon Musk is a genius, but I think he's also a very optimistic genius. I do not think we will have a human presence on Mars in 2028, or indeed anywhere near him.

@fieldguideTom asks, imagine if you just started writing Mars today. Could the recent discoveries on Mars, like scientists, find a 12-mile long tank under one ice, change how you could squeeze or approach the story?

Yes, absolutely. Several things have already been discovered about Mars since writing Mars that would change things. For beginners, simply ignoring the 12-mile pond under the ice cap, the Martian soil is completely filled with ice crystals. This was not known at the time I wrote Mars. So all the things that Mark Watney had to do, all this chemistry and himself blowing to create water for his crops, all he had to do was warm up the dirt.

@ the dvoken69 asks, the real question is that SCC has jurisdiction over Mars? #occupymars.

No, it does not. The United States has no jurisdiction over Mars. In fact, no one has jurisdiction over Mars. Mars is legitimate international waters, thanks to the Space Treaty.

@sophiebushwick asks who is your favorite real astronaut? What about your favorite space explorer?

My beloved real astronaut is the late John W. Young. He was the commander of Apollo 16 and walked to the moon. One of my favorite stories about it is that they have the biotechnology stations of the astronauts connected to them. They can control their heart rate and everything. They have records of what the astronaut heart rate is at the moment of the launch and always jump up to 150 beats per minute. John W. Young's heartbeat did not exceed 70. It's just like yep, on a rocket, going to the moon.

And then, as for my favorite explorer of creatures. Well, surely someone from Star Trek. But I do not want to be too simple and say Kirk. I mean all Star Trek characters that could be called explorers.

Oh wait, no! My favorite space explorer is Doctor Who, of course.

@wearewakinup asks, this is the latest Mars Rover. Can you answer a few questions? Why does it look like a car? Why did not they go to the regular rover? In my opinion it's so easy, they can make fake videos easier when they pretend to be on Mars with people, # marshoax, # NASAlies. Look at it, #flatearth.

It comes with a picture of a prototype of a Mars Rover. Just about the record, NASA never claimed to have landed on Mars. So.

Which SPS logo is better? Also, space power?

And he delivered a bunch of potential Space Force logos. I often ask for my opinion about a space power, in which I say we already have a space force. It's called Air Force. The US Air Force manages everything related to the safety of space and space. All our spy satellites run. They have half of the launch cushions in Cape Canaveral belong to the US Air Force. They launch things whenever they want. When people ask for hey, what have you just started? They say you're out, we're the Air Force. So they have a total jurisdiction to talk about anything related to space defense.

@frankcothold asks when his next book comes out? I'm ready for more!

Well, probably not for a while because I did not start it yet. And generally it takes me a year to write it, then about six months from there to actually appear on the shelves. So my guess will be in the middle of 2020. Sorry for that, I'm slow.

Take a look at the first photo from Mars surface, Viking One 1976. What makes you feel or think?

I'm trying to see if there's a trick in photography, as Marvin put it Mars to there or something. I love this photo, I have loved since I was a toddler. I did it on my wall. Yes, it takes me back in my first days to be a dirt, unlike now, which is my days of being a place.

Oh, that's the end of them.