- She could see the massive fuselage of the shuttle silently slide into the docking
platform as the airship hangar gates slowly closed behind the waiting passengers
like an old fashion camera lens. The outer framework of the ship remained
outside of the hanger for maintenance. The immense hooks of the chassis clamped the docking area with loud crunching sounds. Another whooshing noise was emitted around the exit and entrance doors as the sealed doors slowly opened, as if they were yawning wearily after the long tiring trip from Earth. Many passengers began to debark onto the loading platforms down to their connecting shuttles going to the Moon. Some people were new mine crews, others were high paying
sight seers. Some of the tourists signed on for work duty to enhance their brief stay and to save money.
After a time of refueling and taking on more supplies, the passengers heading for Mars were finally given the announcement to board.
“OK” motioned the same young man inside the fuselage’s doorway, “Come here and I will
carry your cat for you. So how long will you be on Mars?” -
-Finally, after three long months had passed, Mars continually grew optically as the planet became closer. These new thrust ships had been designed to take off quickly from Earth’s pulling atmosphere or the Moon without too much discomfort. Taking off from the right orbit angle of the Moon to Mars shortened the trip dramatically. Soon Mars’ rusty color became more brilliant as the ship began to enter its orbit. Alice watched through one of the viewing windows as soon as miles and miles of reddish sand swept below. An announcement came on directing everyone to look below as the ship orbited by their final destination, the base inside Galle Crater. The crater was 215 kilometers across and just south of Mars’ equator. The station was built close to the rim for protection from sand storms and access to deep water supplies. It was first called the ‘Happy
Face’ crater with its smiley face appearance from satellites peering down toward the Martian surface.