"I'm gonna have to science the ##$^ out of this!"
So says Mark Watney, lead character in the best-selling book and soon to be released movie The Martian starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. Faced with death, Watney had compelling motivation to become an expert in survival on Mars.
I was curious about how a non-engineer learned enough to write such an accurate book. (According to NASA; I wouldn’t know.)