Sashas Story. Part 2: Disappointment
want to go!" Sasha declared, as she handed the helmet to the attendant.
"I want to be the first person to walk on Mars!"
I think you need to finish school first," her Dad replied, "Besides,
no-one really thinks we're going to get the funding approved for a landing
mission, not in the middle of a recession." He immediately knew he'd made
look on Sasha's face was a mixture of anger, surprise, and sadness. Her hands
were on her hips, which was always a bad sign.
sorry, Sasha. I didn't mean to sound so harsh, but it's really complicated, and
involves reasons I'm sure you'd consider boring. The main problem is it would
be really, really expensive, and many people think we could use the money for
better things here on Earth."
if we can land on Phobos, why not Mars?" Sasha asked, hands still on hips,
not wanting to believe there could be any good reason at all.
to be honest it's only 2025 and we don't yet live in the science-fiction future
you see in TV programs. Landing humans on Mars is very hard to do – much harder
than on Phobos – there are many engineering problems we really haven't solved
yet, so it would be very dangerous. And since I'm a big fan of robotics, I'd
much rather see them do the dirty work on Mars than put my favorite daughter in
arms fell to her sides, but she wasn't defeated yet. "I don't understand.
Why is it more difficult to land on Mars? And why don't people want to spend
the money? I mean, how could we come this far if people don't think it's worth
it? My friends in Space Club at school say we're basically living out Star Trek. After all, we did 'boldly go
on a five year mission to explore strange new worlds.' We even found fossils of
ancient microbes on Mars! What if there's life still there now, maybe
are all good questions", her dad replied. "and I'll try and answer
them as best I can..."
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