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Our flight manifest doesn’t include a sizable addition to cargo. No, not the dodo stowaways (or even the stowaway inside Samantha!) but the elephant in the room that no one talks about: that there’s something moving around the Martian surface waiting for our arrival.
Whatever it is, it’s moving the wreckage of our previous failed missions to a point near a suspicious circular opening that begs exploration. So, we’re going to explore it.
Until then, our only course of action is watch it with our cameras currently In orbit. It remains inscrutable, so in the meanwhile we avoid bringing it up. All we’d be able to do is speculate inefficiently.

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With Roger’s regular site still down, we’re presenting his weekly report from space here.

PLANET DAY CARE
Now in the sixth month of our interplanetary voyage, we’ve settled into one of our primary tasks: Keeping four inquisitive children occupied. Adding to the degree of difficulty in the anti-boredom department; one of the kids is the young Leonardo da Vinci.
Thanks to our 3-D printers we have plenty of toys, and when they get tired of them we simply melt down the plastic and build new playthings out of it.
Every day there’s a school lesson sent from Earth by Sue Havens. The kids respond to the assignment, but the signal delay does interfere with the interaction.
Finally, each child has a simple, non-mission-critical task to perform every day which is written on the daily log sheet along with everyone else’s. This ensures that they feel like they’re actual crew members like their parents.
When we return to Earth their reward will be a lot more than a lousy T-shirt. (Although they’ll get those, too!)

ROGER’S BLOG

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With Roger’s regular site still down, we’re presenting his weekly report from space here.

MERFOLK
Samantha has extensive experience with merfolk, due to her close friendship with Remora. In fact, many of her advances in genetics came when she was transformed into a mermaid herself, and she desperately needed to restore her original code. Later on, she occasionally returned to that aquatic form to visit the merfolk undersea Capitol and act as a representative of humanity.
Human culture is still unaware that there’s a mermaid on board the Mars expedition; in all the publicity pictures Remora is in her human mode. The merfolk culture knows, of course, and is following our progress intently. In addition to being mankind’s greatest adventure, it’s also the most extensive cooperation between humans and merfolk in history.
(Besides the marriage of Thomas and Remora and the birth of their son Marlon, that is.)