21.12.2007 - The Mars trip
The trip from Olympus base to the Chasma Borealis Arctic Research Station.
| Olympus base crater, a research base on Mars not so far from the Olympus Mons.|
Local time: morning
| Not so long after sunrise, a DG-S01 Agatodemon is standing ready on the pad.|
The flight ahead is a simple one - go to Chasma Borealis ARS, check the Olympus Mons crater on the way, and look for anything strange.
| Take-off, and heading north, over the crater rim.|
| The rim of Olympus base crater, a ragged mountain circle left after perpendicular high-speed impact in the near past.|
| Going up on slight slope.|
The Mons ahead is above 20Km high, and the slope on this side is quite flat.
| Kilometers up, the sky is getting an orbital look.|
| The crater is right ahead.|
| Olympus Mons crater, what is believed to be the largest crater of the largest volcano in the solar system.|
| A successful landing in the crater, some walking around.|
| Back in the ship, ready for take-off.|
| Flying north, slightly upside-down to use the nosedrops.|
| The camera left behind transmitted only one shot...|
Someone is going to be sued for bad equipment.
| The opposite end of the Olympus Mons slope is different from the bases side.|
A near-vertical drop more than a 10Km high...
| Keep the north heading, the sun is sinking, the terrain is getting ragged.|
| A strange and unexpected formation is showing slightly starboard of current course.|
Looks worth of investigation.
| Course changed, going for the fly-by.|
Some sort of a world bug, probably a MOLA data error.
| Magnificent and ugly, the bug pillars are getting closer.|
| Fly-by, the towering pillars are going to stay here.|
Bug or not, they look strange enough to be left for someone to find and wonder.
| The snow is starting to appear. Carbon dioxide snow|
| The sun is almost set.|
Only the snow is glittering on mountaintops.
| Approaching Chasma Borealis ARS, the high crater is still sunlit.|
| Landed on Chasma Borealis ARS.|