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COMMAND DECISION
Samantha never wanted the position of Mission Commander, intending to simply be a mission specialist that would allow her to focus on whatever genetics she found on Mars. The thing is, we already looked up to her as a leader so when we voted on it she was the unanimous choice.
This week required her to rise to the occasion when we were confronted with evidence of hostile intent. The first thing she did was calmly take action by telling Dave and Remora to take evasive maneuvers as we approach Mars. Once that was done she gathered the crew together and laid out her course of action and the reasons for it, giving us all the information that was available. The result was that everyone bought in.
So now a mysterious planet grows larger with each passing day. What was once merely silent and devoid of life may hide secrets no one expected.
Oh, and one other thing on something else that came up this week.
Just.
Fund.
NASA.

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TARGET PRACTICE
As I’ve previously mentioned, we didn’t launch with all the supplies we need for the mission. Instead, during the voyage we regularly pick up shipments launched years earlier, waiting in space for us.
The last of these resulted in much consternation, as it was peppered with holes. As Samantha said, it could be that it ran into a swarm of space debris…or something’s been shooting at it. Samantha’s been thinking along those lines ever since a rock almost killed Luis by breaking his tether on a spacewalk.
So what do we do? Since we need Mars’ gravity as a breaking mechanism to return to Earth, there’s nothing can do but proceed to the red planet. We have no choice but to enter Mars orbit. Once there, however, we can circle it while staying behind Mars’ moon Phobos to block any further potshots.
As for the shipment, it contained goo for our 3D printers. Luckily we just lost 17% of the load from the hits.

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RETAINING WATER
The big Mars news this week was the discovery of water beneath the ice of the planet’s south pole. It’s a big lake, actually, although it won’t involve our mission. We’re landing in a completely different area, and even so, we have nothing that would be able to break through the ice to get to the water. That will be up to future missions.
Here on Fastrack One, Thomas continues to heal from his surgery. He’s at a dangerous stage, when he thinks he’s healed and ready for activity, but still vulnerable to ripping out the sutures if he’s not careful.
Samantha’s been visiting him in order to prevent him from getting restless, and for her own peace of mind. She also collects as much data on her condition as she can, to document humanity’s first pregnancy in space. She’s a scientist to the core.