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.


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