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The First Woman on Mars: A Draft Scenario
by Ron Drummond
We must remind ourselves, we must understand: It is not a matter only or even mostly of science or engineering. It is a matter that drives to the very heart of who we are as a species, to the heart of the biosphere that shaped and birthed us, Mother Earth and the millions of living species, the roots of every one of which are deeply, intricately intertwined with our own, a ...more
Chapbook, 34 pages
Published November 2011 by Incunabula
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Last week I caught the tail-end of a Nova episode featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson on the possibility (fraught with danger) of a mission to Mars. Imagine that moment, he said, when someone steps onto another planet. I lost my focus at this point, cosmic radiation and wayward meteoroids suddenly less significant than the hypothetical sight of Olympus Mons. What would one of the tallest mountains in the solar system look like? Everest, just shy of nine kilometers, is surrounded by other peaks. Much o ...more