When I was a kid, my mom used to say that, "Whenever you're down, look up. It'll make you realize just how big and beautiful the world is."


It was worth it.


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.

Freddie: Okay, but how do we deal with the impossible problem of getting water out of the hull in 2.7-kelvin temperatures?
Matt: That's why you joined NASA, isn't it? To solve impossible problems?

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.


Hey, I suppose that's the one good thing about not letting people get too close to you. You can't destroy any lives if you die.


What do you think would happen if the five of you went to Mars and, within weeks, died terrible deaths? You think anyone else ever goes again? That's it; it's over. You've shown the world this is possible; you've gone farther than anyone else has ever gone.


Eyes are not the only way to see.


George: You really want the first humans on Mars digging their own graves there?
Li Jun: I would rather she die a hero on Mars than return home a coward.

Misha: You don't wanna see your kid again?
Lu: Of course, yes.
Misha: And the woman you love?
Lu: Yes.
Misha: Then, on some level, you're not relieved we're going home?
Lu: No.
Misha: Why?
Lu: Because I didn't come here to fail.

Lu: You think I'm wrong that this was his idea?
Misha: I don't know, and frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
Lu: How can you say that?
Misha: Because I wanna live.

Emma, I, I appreciate what you're trying to do here, but let's be honest, you know as well as I do when a plane goes off radar, that pilot isn't coming home.


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!