Dat deed het. Helaas brak het allemaal tijdens de stofstorm die de hele situatie veroorzaakte (de schade van Mark werd veroorzaakt door de satellietschotel die de storm meesleepte) OF de back-ups die de MAV-retourmodule moesten gebruiken (die de rest van de crew gebruikt om te ontsnappen naar Hermes).
Dit staat in het boek van Andy Weir waarin de film was gebaseerd:
I knew it was hopeless, but I tried firing up the communications array. No signal, of course. The primary satellite dish had broken off, remember? And it took the reception antennae with it. The Hab had secondary and tertiary communications systems, but they were both just for talking to the MAV, which would use its much more powerful systems to relay to Hermes. Thing is, that only works if the MAV is still around.
I had no way to talk to Hermes. In time, I could locate the dish out on the surface, but it would take weeks for me to rig up any repairs, and that would be too late. In an abort, Hermes would leave orbit within twenty-four hours. The orbital dynamics made the trip safer and shorter the earlier you left, so why wait? (LOG ENTRY: SOL 6)