First in Space:Extremes Is anybody listening? This question has been asked by everybody in one form or another ever since the first time someone figured out that they could block someone else out with their own stray thoughts. The question has been asked of each other. It has been asked of politicians, of heroes, of celebrities, of audiences, of lovers, and of God. No one has ever been given a straight answer. Now the human race is looking one last time for that companionship that we can’t seem to give each other no matter how much we say that we have. We look to the one place where we need to listen hard in order to know if we’ve been heard. We look to where some say it all began. We look to the stars.
Europa: 2092. Ice.
Mountains of ice. Valleys, of ice. r
ivers of ice
avines, plains, lenticulae,
and craters of ice. Jupiter’s ruling presence dominated the sky, its
washed out colored
bands dominating the sky, and
storms clearly visible in Europa’s nearly atmosphere-free sky
. Despite the low surface temperature, Europa still had an internal heat source courtesy of the enormous tidal squeezing of Jupiter.
Long thought that there was an ocean of water, or at least slush, under all of the ice, there were a few places under the ice that never got warm enough
. It was upon one of those the
dubbed “islands” by the crew,
that the base was constructed under a solid dome of lead mixed with gold from asteroids along the way, frantically found and mined by robotic “aardvarks”, so
dubbed as such due to the appearance of the because of their
long curving drill and suction appendage. The raw materials were then shipped to a factory orbiting Europa, which from where the pieces were
then sent the pieces
down to the surface to be assembled by another set of robots.
mission of the crew
was simple in its conception
ore through the ice and look for find
the life that is most assuredly there. The successful
A mission to Mars thirty-nine years earlier
in 2053 had
revealed the existence of
single-celled organisms living very
near the surface, along the edges of the northern water
ice cap, It was highly noted that these creatures were
virtually indistinguishable from bacteria living in similar environments on Earth. The discovery This
gave strength to the theory that life is abundant in the solar system and that, in fact, when the solar system for med
the building blocks for life were included in the nascent nebula when the solar system formed., and therefore all in the same mold – the very definition of “life as we know it.” Without that piece of the puzzle, there was no real reason to assume, as many did, that the correct conditions for life made the existence of that life a foregone conclusion.
So, Europa was simple in conception, but another story in practice for one the
simple reason: that i
f you want to be an astronaut bad enough, you’ll do whatever it takes, including lying on the psyche test. Behind every calm exterior lies a monster. Or two. Brutal huh? Good news is the rest looks ok, on a quick scan. But I've been too busy butchering your intro to read it properly yet ...