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ALIENATED
Samantha came clean to Remora about where merfolk came from. Answer: not Earth.
This goes back to over 15 years ago, when Samantha found herself transformed into a mermaid. Unwilling to give up her human life, she quickly sequenced the merfolk genome in order to change herself back.
What she found a block of human DNA (which allow merfolk and humans to mate), aquatic DNA of various water-dwelling species and a block of Something Else. The later had no relation to anything on Earth. Fortunately she was able to manipulate the Earth-based genetics to restore her original form, which led to the breakthroughs she’s made since.
She never mentioned these details to anyone, not even Rupert or Rosalind, but it was around that time she begin voicing a desire to go to Mars.
Anyway, now Remora knows, but she has reservations about the theory. We’ll find more, soon enough.

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BLINK
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!)