Ram: What was it Aldrin said when he first saw the Moon?
Kwesi: Magnificent desolation.
Ram: You're really gonna grow a garden here?
Kwesi: Oh, more than that. We are going to prove that life has grown here before.

Ram: Emma, I know you're scared, and I know you well enough to know why, but our lives are not your responsibility.
Emma: Yes, they are. It's my job to get you to Mars.
Ram: We got each other here. Emma, I hope we make it down alive, and I hope Pegasus is waiting for us when we land, but whatever happens, in about an hour, the entire world is gonna stop. Billions of people are gonna stop what they're doing, and they're gonna look up at the sky, and that is something I'm willing to die for. We all are. Our deaths are not your burden to carry; do you understand?

Lulishka, people who don't know you think you are cold. I know you have the biggest heart of anyone I've ever met. Now, let me tell you something; it took me almost sixty years to learn. Motherland is just an idea. Borders don't exist. The only thing that matters is the people you love. Whatever you owe them, you already paid, and if they're not proud of who you really are, Lu, they're just stupid fools.


Lord God, we thank you for bringing the five of us together, and we humbly ask that you deliver us safely home. Carry us now through this crucible of fire, so that we may show the world that there is a better world, a world beyond division, and confusion, and fear. Let us discover a world beyond fear. Amen.


If only everything lost on this journey could come back, huh?


Can I say one thing? Ten hours from now, we are going to be standing on Mars.


Kwesi: It occurs to me; I never said I was sorry.
Misha: Sorry for what?
Kwesi: Well, it must be terrifying to lose your vision.
Misha: Kwesi...
Kwesi: No, when a piece of my heel floated away, I got scared, and that was just my foot. But Ram assured me that it was natural. No, more than that -- necessary. To survive space, our bodies must adapt. So, perhaps losing your vision isn't such a bad thing.
Misha: Oh, believe me, Kwesi, it's, uh, it's bad.
Kwesi: Or perhaps you're ahead of the curve.
Misha: Ahead of the c... you're saying what? That we all will go blind in space?
Kwesi: I'm saying we will learn to see in a different way.

I do not exist. I exist only if the motherland exists.


Misha: You know, I can see. Not like you, just... just patches of color and light. It's like an out-of-focus painting. Very scary, and also very beautiful. But you think I'm -- I'm really ahead of the curve?
Lu: I think you might be the first true Martian.

It was worth it.


You know, I used to think that if my life ended in sacrifice for something great, something bigger than myself, for my country, science, history... it would be the epitome of a life well-lived.


Emma: I'm scared I'm never gonna see you guys again.
Matt: Don't think like that.
Emma: But I do, I can't help it. Misha said you can't have both -- family and the mission. That you have to leave something behind in order to survive.

AWAY Quotes

Reporter: Why should we care more about Mars than we do our own planet?
Emma: We shouldn't. Of course, we should care about social imperatives. But in the US alone, we spend a trillion dollars each year on the military, and mostly in case the countries represented here decide to blow each other off the face of the Earth. This mission, it costs a fraction of that, as we work together, repurposing those same tools of destruction for discovery.
Kwesi: At this very moment, there's a team of astronauts on the Moon, mining polar ice caps for fuel and water.
Misha: Water that will be pumped into the hull of our ship to shield us from radiation, allowing us to travel safely from the Moon to Mars.
Emma: Reaching Mars... might prove to be the greatest achievement. Not only for science, but for the future of our planet.

Yeah, but you gotta be the one that wants to take the shot!