A Holiday in Mars

 

23/5/3020

Dear Thought Diary,
Wow! Finally after so many days, my dream has come true. I am boarding the space ship. My last vacation to moon was fun. But for a long time I wanted to visit a planet and finally my dad has decided to take me to Mars for my summer holidays (it would have not been possible for me to do so a millennium ago as it would take me 260 days to reach but now it takes only 6 days with a day stop in ISS) We have been preparing for this holiday for days. Dad has got the STP
(Space Travel Pass). We have also acquired several holiday necessities like space suits, oxygen flasks, distilled water flasks, space capsules etc . Mom has some official work in Venus, so she can’t come. Feeling sad but she assured me that I will have fun with Dad. I am excited. I will switch off now. Oh! I will convey to you in detail about my trip and adventures. Right now, I am putting on my safety belts.

25/5/3020

Dear Thought Diary
Finally reached Mars after stopping in ISS (International Space Station) for a day. After landing in the Johann Heinrich Mädler Mars Planetary Airport in the Mars city(capital of Mars), which has been named after the aerographer who drew the first map of Mars. We were received by our tour operator, Ralph. He introduced himself, told us that his parents were from Pennsylvania who had settled here as shopkeepers during the Great Mars Migration. (Oh! Did you know, during a recession in 2978, many people had migrated to Mars and moon. I had read this in my history chapter. It was an interesting reading). He was born here and now is a partner in a tour firm with his friend. He was fun to talk with and told us many stories of Mars. He told us tourism, large scale industries and research was the predominant occupation of the Martians. We passed a shop where I saw many colorful and fashionable space-suits. ”Wow! I want them,” I exclaimed. Ralph smiled and said he will take me shopping after the sight-seeing was over. Oh gosh! Am I not thrilled?

26/5/3020

Dear Thought diary,
First day of sight-seeing. Went to see the sites where the different Viking Probe missions landed. We also had a 3-D tour of how Mars looked like when the first space shuttle undertook its pioneering journey. It was a very touching and memorable moment for me as I recalled the contribution of our great scientists who made it possible for us to visit Mars.

27/5/3020

Dear Thought Diary,
Gone to see Mount Olympus. Oh my god!! It is almost thrice of Mount Everest!!!!!!!!!!!! Wasn’t I awe-struck!

28/5/3020

Dear Thought Diary,
Sorry! Have been recording too many short entries. I will now give you all the details. After seeing the sites of Viking landings, we went to Mount Olympus. We had to travel in a special jet plane to reach the top for it was impossible for us to climb so high in such a short period. Did you know, if we had trekked to the top, it would take almost 1-2 years to reach there. The entire mountain was entirely covered with snow and our Himalayas could in no way compete with it. Ralph told us that it was the largest mountain peak in our solar system. We then went to see the Valles Marineris-the largest canyon in our solar system and are located in Mars. Many parts of the canyon were urbanized but some parts were still left as it was millions of years ago. Ralph told us that it has a length of 4,000 km and a depth of up to 7 km. The length of Valles Marineris is equivalent to the length of Europe and extends across onefifth the circumference of Mars. We also went to see Ma'adim Vallis. Once said to be flooded with liquid water. We then went to see the polar caps of Mars, also entirely covered with ice. Since we went during polar winter, it was in continuous darkness, chilling the surface. Ralph told us that during winter 25–30% of the atmosphere condenses out into thick slabs of CO2 ice (dry ice). When the poles are again exposed to sunlight, the frozen CO2 sublimes, creating enormous winds that sweep off the poles as fast as 400 km/h. I do admit that the dark and eerie atmosphere scared me and I am thankful that I was safe inside my space ship. Now, i will not be able to talk to you for a week as we will be making our journey to Phoebes ; one of the two satellites of Mars.

4/6/3020

Dear Thought Diary,
Oh! It’s so much fun! I have never trekked so much in life. It had a porous surface and we had to wear heavy space suits. Luckily there was no gravity and so we were not very exhausted. Now I am comfortably sleeping in my hotel room.

5/6/3020

Dear Thought Diary,
Today I went to see one of the famous dust storms ,which was blowing there. I could hardly see anything outside.

6/6/3020

Dear Thought Diary,
Today went to eat lunch in Ralph’s house. His mother cooked us a good Martian dinner of Martina chicken roast. Ralph told us that chicken was bred in Mars. His house was funny with no windows. We could see the outside with the help of a TV screen, some special gadgets were also fitted to the house blocking out the harmful dust particles and there was also some peculiar looking tubes ejecting oxygen.

7/6/3020

Dear Thought Diary,
Today is our last day on Mars. Ralph took us to a local factory which manufactured Martian toys, made entirely of rocks, ice and dust of the planet. The laborers were robots and the size of the factory was four times the size of a unit found on earth. Ralph told us that this was just a small scale industry and big industries were situated far off from settlements. I am shocked. If this was the size of the small scale industry, how big would be the big industries? I asked him casually the average size of a large industry. He replied it was the size of New York City. Oh man! This indeed is amazing. We later went to buy some Martian goodies for my friends. Ralph also pointed out to us the Interplanetary Advanced Research Centre where genius scientists were continuously unraveling the mysteries of an universe yet to be explored.

5/6/3020

Dear Thought Diary,
Oh, feeling so sorry that holidays are over. it was fun, exciting and an enriching experience for me. i know for sure that the best holiday report will be mine and boy! remembering my report, I still haven’t finished my report on the useful properties of the rings of Saturn, o gosh!