Stories tagged “mars”

  • Falling Home

    Reentry is a tricky thing at best. The Ph.D.s on the ground tell us that we’re always falling, in a manner of speaking. Way I look at it, orbiting the planet’s got nothing to do with the soul-shaking fall back into the atmosphere. Come in t...

  • Dream of Mars

    There’s an apartment in Seoul, down the trembling alleyways of Itaewon and beside unmarked graves of dust and clay. The apartment has a kitchen, a living room area, a bedroom and a claustrophobic bathroom. Though the fridge is always stocked and ...

    • Author: Sz Park
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • In the Shadow of Olympus Mons

    Even through the heavily tinted portals of the habitation unit, she could almost taste the crimson sky. It was so much worse when they were out there, though. It had taken less than an hour on their first excursion for their shining bright environment ...

    • Author: dkscully
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • The Martian Frontier

    The suited figure that approached the airlock at Robinson Base could only be one man. Somehow, the stetson perched jauntily on the helmet never looked out of place on him. When the kids played outside, they always just looked silly, but him? How he got...

  • Wilson's idea

    So the problem is Mars has the wrong amount of atmosphere. We’ve been able to land there before, she replied. Nothing this heavy. We could use thrusters like on the moon. It would take too much fuel, he said. Why not airbags, she inquired. Above a me...

  • Wilson's idea

    So the problem is Mars has the wrong amount of atmosphere. We’ve been able to land there before, she replied. Nothing this heavy. We could use thrusters like on the moon. It would take too much fuel, he said. Why not airbags, she inquired. Above a me...

  • No Home For a God

    After a final check of my suit, I stepped out the airlock into the Yard. Silence, and then, clanking and grinding. I winced. Someone needs repairs. I hit the button for Tia. Life on Mars was quiet, tenuous, and lonely. I was stationed with two other s...

  • Wilsons String

    He held the string. It looked for all the world like a piece of black monofilament fishing line. “This is how you are going to get to mars?” “Prestressed steel strands will break at about 1860 MPascals. For carbon nanotube the theoretical limit i...

  • My Big break in publishing

    So the ‘Aries Daily’ has only been publishing for five years. But that still makes us the oldest newspaper on Mars. We cover a lot of ground, politics, sex, sports, you name it. And as first assistant editor for features it is my job to round out t...

  • Martian Oops One

    It was late one night at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena California. Two graduate students were sitting at the control panel for the Viking Two Lander. Their job? To sit there and monitor the lander until the day crew came back. One of them...

  • Martian Oops Two

    It costs a boatload of money to send stuff to Mars. Not just the launch and the fuel but the development and production is expensive too. That is why NASA contracted with the European Space Agency to develop the propulsion section of the Mars Climate O...

  • Martian Oops Three

    Computers have really improved since the 1970’s. And one way you can tell that is by the amount of memory available for programs. It seems to be a fact of life that computer programs will expand to fill up all available memory and then some. And a re...

  • Martian Oops Four

    As Mars Polar Lander started the landing sequence it hit the atmosphere at 6.8 km/s and had 4 minutes and 33 seconds to land. The heat shield slowed the craft. At an altitude of about 7.3 km and a speed of 500 m/s, the parachute deployed. The heat shie...

  • Departure

    The truck bounced over the desert. “There it is,” said the Sheriff, indicating the huge silver dome coming into view. It had to be bigger than a jumbo jet. “How many are in there?” Asked Tom. “We’ve only seen the one...

    • Author: QuackDamnYou
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • the Sands of Time - part 1 - Genesis.

    “We are a self centered race, the thought that anything like the event of 2015, or indeed the disastrous event of 2080, were nothing more to us than fiction.” – remarks attributed to Nelson Malacruz ‘I have lived a very long tim...

    • Author: Max Sterling
    • Posted almost 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Prepping to Launch

    So we’d been sent up to screw the bulb back in. A routine mission. But even now, two hundred years after Gagarin and Glen, nothing about space travel is ever routine. There’s too much that can go wrong. It’s funny to say that, given t...

  • Intergalactic Human Hell

    Vance struggled to keep his hold on her shoulder as he was dragged away by force. Erin could still picture the hands of the Northern Martian humans, her own countrymen, beating Vance, a Southern Martian human, with crudely cut steel chains that cut his...

  • The Vampyr Myth

    “Tell us again how you started that ‘vampyr’ myth on planet Irth!” my children shouted, their antennas swinging back and forth in the excitement of hearing a story. “It all started when I first visited Irth. I tried to sta...

  • Red Dust in the Wind

    He grounded her? On Mars? She stormed to her quarters, fists clenched tightly, fingernails digging into her skin. She punched her locker, sat, and stared out the window, over the Martian plain. Everyone had been working nonstop for months since they la...

    • Author: Jeffool
    • Posted over 4 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • The Wardens of Mars, Part 1

    “Daddy?” Jeff Warden turned to his eight year old daughter and crouched down. “What is it, Ames?” “Mommy needs you inside.” As Jeff began to straighten up, Amy spoke again. “D-Daddy?” Her tone made it sou...

    • Author: Fuddster
    • Posted over 4 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Wardens of Mars, Part 2

    As Amy ran ahead, Jeff thought about her question. His father used to live in a time when questions about being related to Martians would have been the byproduct of an overactive imagination. But then the Wardens came to Mars, giving the question credi...

    • Author: Fuddster
    • Posted over 4 years ago.
  • The Wardens of Mars, Part 3

    Fran had the current news stream tuned in. Several talking heads were perched around a virtual 3D representation of the Red Planet. “Next month marks the 37th anniversary of the occupation of Mars by the aliens popularly called The Wardens,”...

    • Author: Fuddster
    • Posted over 4 years ago.
  • Keywords

    This campfire society is a call to isolation. Away from technology’s test, no need to duck bullets. Sequestered away from that teeming death hole, One may take pride in life and philosophy, comedy and fears. It is a speed run from darkness to lig...

    • Author: Tesseract
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
  • Hope and a Prayer

    “What’s the story?” “They’re flying in a DSRV from Mare Tranq.” “A DSRV? From cis-Terra to Mars?” “Mm-hmm. They three-staged it by jury-rigging a C-Class to be a kick stage on either end—̶...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 4 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Sunset

    Punching the wall in barely contained rage she turned, taking her suit in hand, pulling the tight, confining layers over herself. After eighteen months in low grav and high danger he accused her of trying to kill him? It was a joke, he’d been get...