“[The] Martian atmosphere is so thin, and the mass of dust that it carries is so low, that a dust storm can’t tip over a spaceship.”

Below is the interviewer comment, in context, from this National Geographic article:  Ready for Launch: Our New Q&A With Neil deGrasse Tyson – – Join the noted astrophysicist and host of TV’s StarTalk as he speaks geek-to-geek with Andy Weir, author of The Martian.

“For those who might have not seen the film: You have a spaceship that wants to take off, and there’s a dust storm—very common on Mars—whose pressure is so great that it’s tipping the spaceship. But the Martian atmosphere is so thin, and the mass of dust that it carries is so low, that a dust storm can’t tip over a spaceship.”

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