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Independence

  Note: this is a transcript of a short video clip recovered from Mars in 2094, after the end of the War of Independence. Experts agree that the video was shot by one of the Year 3 class from Tharsis … Continue reading

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War

  Just as day follows night, Sunset follows sunrise And dusk follows dawn War will follow us to Mars. Small disputes at first; countries Clashing over mining rights to ice Or water, minerals or ore. But one sol all-out war … Continue reading

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Visiting Opportunity

  Year 3 crossed Meridiani in single file, Striding across the dusty land, Holding hands and playing “I Spy” To pass the time as they climbed Endeavour’s rim. “…something beginning with…R” Mari said. “RED!” the others shouted, but Mari Shook … Continue reading

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Halley’s Comet Returns

  When Halley’s Comet returns in 2062 I wonder how many people will view it From Mars? There should at least Be a small base there by then – a McMurdo-esque Cluster of tunnels and habs, maybe a garage or … Continue reading

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First Birth

  For four billion years there were few sounds to hear On Mars. The low moan of winds moving Through the valleys; the rasping hiss of dust devils Kissing as they waltzed across the plains; The click-clack of rocks falling … Continue reading

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First Death

  The first person to die on Mars is alive today.   As you read these words, The first person to be buried in the cold, Hard martian ground, covered with clinking Red rocks, destined to go down in history … Continue reading

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First Footprint

  Ironic, and sad, that although the marks of hominid heels and toes Left in Laetoli’s volcanic ash almost four million years ago Have survived until today, Mankind’s first footprint On another world was lost within moments of it being … Continue reading

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