A “computer geek” and career software engineer, Johanssen’s coding skills enable the Hermes crew to override NASA controls and perform the Ralph Purnell Maneuver without authorization. She likes the Beatles and Agatha Christie novels. Blonde, petite, and conventionally beautiful, Johanssen’s good looks have made her a poster-girl for the Ares missions, earning her many admirers on Earth. Over the course of the mission, she and Beck fall in love.
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...with soil. The soil is developing well. He has also been listening to his crewmate Johanssen’s Beatles music, which she left behind in the evacuation. Doing some math, Watney realizes that... (full context)
...He starts thinking about communication techniques. The most efficient technique is to use ASCII code (Johanssen’s laptop has an ASCII table). Watney will place paper cards with hexadecimal digits representing digits... (full context)
...with Jack to further discuss hacking the rover. This could happen faster, Jack says, if Johanssen could radio Mark and explain the process; Hermes is much closer to Mars than Earth... (full context)
...MAV, Watney is hit by the satellite antenna and is carried away by the wind. Johanssen’s computer shows that Watney’s suit decompressed and then went offline—he’s likely dead. While the crew... (full context)
...dump, Vogel receives a corrupted data file that appears to be from his wife. When Johanssen manages to open the file, they find instructions for the Rich Purnell Maneuver. Vogel explains... (full context)
...not actually dead—Lewis and Martinez are running a simulation to prepare for Watney’s rescue. While Johanssen trains Martinez on the simulation, Lewis checks in with Vogel and Beck on their roles... (full context)
...Teddy gets off the phone with the president. He, Venkat, and Mitch feel totally helpless. Johanssen activates the bomb, breaching the airlock doors, and the thrust of the escaping air slows... (full context)