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  • 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.
     The end.


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