The Martian Chapter 2
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Things aren't as bad as I previously thought. I have a chance at survival. I can ration 3/4 meals to make the food last for 400 days. There's 5 flight suits, and 6 EVA suits, which I will have to ration because of the CO2 filters. The landing stage of the MAV is there, which includes the landing gear and fuel plant. The MDV is basically destroyed but it might still be useful for parts.The rovers and solar cells are in good condition, but are stuck in the sand.
The Hab's communications are in bad condition. Yet, the oxygenator and water reclaimer are in good shape, If the water reclaimer breaks, there's no spare. If the oxygenator breaks, then the spare, which pulls apart CO2, like the space suits, would only work for thirty days. There's also enough morphine in the medical products to kill me if things get too bad.
My next goal was to find a way to communicate with Earth so I can get rescued when Ares 4 comes in four years. I failed at finding the communications dish, and thought of ways to build another one. However, it won't do any good. So, my goal has changed to growing food. I'm a botanist and mechanical engineer. My mission was meant to see if things could grow in Martian gravity if it's mixed with Earth's soil. Martian soil lacks bacterial activity, and certain nutrients. So, I have a bit of Earth soil with me.
The toilets on the Hab dry human waste. I added some water to it, and fresh human waste to create a manure with complex proteins and bacteria. I can add that to Martian soil before I place the Earth soil on top. That still won't be enough, so I'll have to bring in some more martian soil to mix in with the rich soil I've created. I'd have to repeat that process many more times. I've decided that my best bet would be to plant some potatoes which we brought.
Now, there's the next problem. Water is needed for the bacteria and the plants to survive. I don't have enough water. There's around 300 liters of water in total. If I want 9.2 cubic meters of soil, it'll need 368 liters. I'm only going to give 50 liters which would be for 62.5 square meters by 10 centimeters.
This will maybe gain me 90 more days of food. There's still around a thousand days to go. How am I going to survive?
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