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