- She looked outside through one of the apertures to view the Martian desert before her. Shifting red sands swirled around rocks jutting up through the soil.
Sometimes the winds on Mars can become quite fierce; they can push boulders as large as houses.
The space station on Mars is located just inside the overhanging rocky rim of Gale Crater, giving some protection. Today the winds were clocked up to 250 mph. Earlier the station had been lowered to lay flat against the hard red soil for protection.
Alice unpacked her tool bag and looked again through the small porthole. "No sun today," she mused. On the sunny days, the sun appeared white against the dark sky, allowing the solar panels nearby to collect energy for the base station here. When the winds came, the panels had to be turned downward to keep them from being damaged.
Inside her cabin was cool. Everyone had to wear neoprene clothing to keep physically warm. There never seems to be enough heat in this isolated...... (my 10 minutes were up).
The picture shown here is from the rover Curiosity inside of Gale Crater looking at Mt.Sharp.