Earth Chronicles: the Space Expedition
By Joanna Wolford
2013: During the year 2013, two planets resembling earth were located nearly 22 light years away. This was a profound discovery and meant a possibility for other life forms symbiotic to humankind. However, earth had not yet achieved light travel and destination to these twin planets was improbable. Normal ETA to reach the twin planets was projected at 3.26MYR. Researchers began working on a theorem for light speed travel probabilities.
3124: In May 22, 3124, space travel has been perfected with vessels modeled after the likeness of science fiction and unidentified space crafts reported throughout earth’s history. Prototype ES1 (Earth Systems 1) would be launched into space on May 24, 3124. The advancement of light travel was unsuccessful and a proposal for a new space mission was born. Operation: New Birth, was to be the first space expedition that would allow authorized personnel to live in space, raise families and build an entire civilization.
3125: On January 17, 3125 21:32, an asteroid collided with ES1 destroying its entire starboard side. The damages were irreparable and all twenty-four members of Operation: New Birth were reported to be terminated.
Last transmission from Captain Bergstrom dated 01.17.3125.21:00:
“Base command, this is Captain Bergstrom. The date is 1.17.3125 and the time is 21:00. We have been in space for approximately 215 days. We have not been able to sustain our resources. CO2 levels have increased which signifies a dysfunction in the O2/N redistributor. We have… (Audible explosion can be heard) “We’ve been hit! God…what’s?!” (Inaudible) “Base…”
3186: Sixty years following the tragedy of ES1, prototype ES1.0 was developed. The concept for oxygen scrubbing; the return of CO2 to its O2 state, and hydrogen harvesting; the collection of water particles in space, has been tested and approved.
3188: The space colony maintained space life for twenty-four months. This was the longest recorded space travel for its time.
ES1.0 first recorded space log:
“Oxygen scrubbing has helped us to survive these atmospheric conditions. A synthetic food product has been developed in order for us to survive. We have been able to harvest water through hydrogen cannulas stationed on the outer portion of our ship. We will soon begin the procreation phase of our voyage. After careful preparation and conditioning, five males and five females were selected for the procreation process. Their adaptation to space life has been optimal. Tomorrow begins grade school education for children ages five to eighteen years of age. Our curriculum will include operation earth 2.0. The purpose for this course is to prepare each generation for the final mission. The ETA has been projected for 3.2MYR.