Livingston Reads 2016

If the oxygenator breaks down, I'll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I'll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I'll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I'll eventually run out of food and starve to death.
If I want water, I'll have to make it from scratch. Fortunately, I know the recipe:
Take hydrogen.
Add oxygen.
Burn.

I don’t want to come off as arrogant here, but I’m the best botanist on the planet.

They say once you grow crops somewhere, you have officially 'colonized' it. So technically, I colonized Mars. In your face, Neil Armstrong!

I tested the brackets by hitting them with rocks. This kind of sophistication is what we interplanetary scientists are known for.

Everything went great right up to the explosion.

I guess you could call it a "failure", but I prefer the term "learning experience"

Duct tape works anywhere. Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped.