THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 2

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 2

…This baby is the most impressive space station ever!” Sampson is beaming like a father bragging on his newborn son from outside the nursery window…

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For Sampson and Celeste McKinney, this is a proud moment, one that makes their 8 month  journey to this space-place worth every blasted boring minute. Here in the year 2030, a decade of secrecy has come to an end.

“Would you look at those lights Celeste? This baby is the most impressive space station ever!” Sampson is beaming like a father bragging on his newborn son from outside the nursery window, amongst the other proud papas.

earth-background-001“It’s impressive alright. Too bad we are the only people who can see this.”

“You (me) AND 8 billion of our closest friends,” he shrugs off his wife’s oversight. After all, for these 255 days, it seemed that they are the only two people in the Universe. “It won’t be long and hundreds of people will be on their way to Space Colony 1; them and every alien species that happens by.”

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“Poor little Curiosity has been looking for a break.” Celeste looks back at other Mars projects over the years. That American product has paved the way for colonization, with the discoveries of hydraulic {water} and O2 {oxygen} reserves in the subsoil.

“And ExoMars was a bust, generally wasting time and resources that only slowed down Colony’s development.”

Indeed his hopes for the orbiting colony’s success are glossy, but not totally unrealistic. Considering that there will be a permanent on the Martian surface soon, his estimates could be on the low side. In fact, if every person who applied for colonist status gets his/her wishes, Mars will be a thriving planet-world, complete with its own democratic government and a United States-style melting pot of Earth nationalities; with no anti-imperialist, fascist, communist or Islamic factions to stand in the way.

ediitors-noteExoMars (Exobiology on Mars) is a large Mars mission to search for biosignatures of Martian life, past or present. This astrobiology mission is currently under development by the European Space Agency (ESA) in collaboration with the Russian Federal Space Agency(Roscosmos).


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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 226

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THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 226

…Sammy Mac, that pretentious Earthling, has mastered the art of changing the tone of a conversation with the Supreme Elder of Eridanus on a dime…

At times like this, Celeste will listen; merely listen for positive signs of sanity in her man.

Out of a combination of boredom and sarcasm, Sampson starts whistling the slow, soulful, deep-south 19th Century slavery tune, Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen”.

Ekcello must have been snooping, whisking in behind Sampson’s rendition of yet another strange sound from a likely strange source.

#What is that curious music you produce Sampson McKinney? I did not know you could musically communicate#

“It’s called whistling Ekcello old man. If it tickles your ears, well if you have ears, then your senses, I have a million more like it…” He jumps into the,Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey”.

Sammy Mac, that pretentious Earthling, has mastered the art of changing the tone of a conversation with the Supreme Elder of Eridanus on a dime, before it has a chance to start. Whenever he did this, the Eridanian man of meditation’s expression takes on #Now where was I?# look, extremely unsettling for one of such intense concentration.

On track once again, Ekcello emotes in his lyrical style, #You have two male offspring#

“Yes, Deke & Gus,” Celeste steps in to address an issue never far from her heart; quickly and longingly in her audible voice.

#The High Council has begun to journey back to your Earth and its yielded disturbing revelations concerning their future#

Suddenly Sampson grasps Ekcello on Eridanian terms, “Are they in some sort of trouble?” he wonders aloud.

#Only in the sense that they are in the forefront of a flawed space vehicle propulsion project#

“They haven’t abandoned The SOL Project!” A proud papa speaks of children he never had a chance to see grow up. “I knew my boys would become astronauts!”


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