Interview With A Man Who Went To Mars

1971japanspaceencyclopedia08Or so he claims—there’s no proof of veracity, but a gripping read nonetheless. Morgan Kochel’s conversation with a A Man Who Went to Mars:

Training lasted twelve months, very intense, including psychiatric tests. It took us about 230 days to get there, and slightly less back. We used rocket technology regularly available now. Just bigger tanks and more thrust. Nothing unusual in equipment to get there, but better radiation protection, as you can imagine, due to journey time.

We landed near Ares Vallis. Our employers got some data about the Sojourner landing, and this was the place they wanted to explore. We took the same type of collecting devices used by geologists, which is why this had to be a manned mission, as no robot could do this. There were plenty of minerals that we analyzed on the way home: metals, particularly gold(?), and some other substance that was a form of composite like carbon fiber, but already in a usable form. The list of items gathered was long, all of it valuable, some were totally unique, others were more mundane. I think part of our mission was to evaluate the commercial viability of future mining missions, and also to ascertain potential value related to the density of minerals per square meter of Martian surface.

There’s only a thin atmosphere on Mars, so you see a thin veil of the outer atmosphere from the surface, like a slight glowing red sky, but then blackness out into space. Again, like so much we see on TV. Very bizarre, but I felt like I’d been there before, although I hadn’t. Just familiarity.

The fact that our chief engineer was chastised for talking about our arrival back on the phone to someone is what alerted me of possible issues. We were told not to discuss anything in exact terms such as timings, etc., as we would compromise the mission. Also, we were promised a “keep quiet bonus” of many millions for not divulging our findings on Mars; obviously, that alerted me to an issue! We were also prevented from leaving our base unless escorted. This was after the month or so of rehabilitation that it took to regain body strength. As you can imagine, we all wanted to get out and try to contact our families, but were told we couldn’t. That immediately made me think something was wrong. All our money was in Swiss deposit boxes in cash, and we had no way of getting it or communicating without supervision.

We were told before we left that we would face up to three months of testing and decontamination procedures when we returned, but I only did about six weeks, as I escaped once I found out what was happening to my colleagues. I feel sick and dizzy from time to time, but it is difficult to treat when no one believes you! They were testing my colleagues to see what improvements were needed to ensure the safety of future missions. In effect, we were highly-paid guinea pigs.

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  • Redacted

    Sounds legit.

  • DJFishcamp

    Cool story, I liked it better when it was called Capricorn One

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      True, but if they expand this version to a novella or something, I’d buy it on the Kindle.

  • Butcher_block

    this is totally off-topic, but  WTF is an advert for a pre-paid debit card doing on this site? My browser currently have an advert for the “Rush Card,” which is promoted by Russell Simmons.

    Aren’t banks and banking the most evil thing on the planet, according to this site? Does this company get a pass because its spokesperson is a black man who made an appearance at an Occupy event?

    What a crock of shit…

    • Redacted

      We totally care that some retard is raging about an ad. Do go on.

    • DumbdumB

      This is totally off-topic, but WTF is this guy Butcher_block doing on this site? My browser must be lacking the necessary filters that are needed to block meatheads like this. 

      Aren’t people who post pointless things on interesting articles the most evil thing on the planet, according to an article on this site? Does this guy get a pass because he talks about a black spokesperson and the occupy event? 

      What a crock of shit…

    • Jeremy Cocks

      Dynamic content, which is common with CPA ads etc – they don’t specifically deal with ads personally ;)

  • Reveloid

    Just think of the annual budget the DOD has. Or the budgets of Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, SAIC and so on.  It would make less sense to think we haven’t been to Mars or all around our solar system for that matter. I can’t imagine getting to Mars using conventional technology though. That would be much harder than using something like electrogravitics, which have been studied by the military since the early part of the 50’s. 

    • godisnotgreat

      thats so true, my country just spent over £7 billion on warships, for that we could start our own space program, hell probs even build part of the death star 

  • Ronniedobbs

    bull 2 the shiznit

  • C-money

    The thing that always got me was, how did they achieve escape velocity again when they left?  It takes such MASSIVE rockets to get off of Earth but they can just pop off the moon with that little lander, or… well he doesn’t even bother to explain how they got off Mars.  I don’t see how with a thin atmosphere you could use a plane thing and then try to escape from high up, and I doubt they dropped a rocket full of fuel…

    • Calypso_1

      Escape velocity
      Ve=√(2GM/r)
       
      GM = standard gravitation 
      r = distance from center of gravity
       
      GM(Earth) = 398, 600
      GM(Luna) =       4902
      GM(Mars) =   42, 829

  • mr tangle

    the writer is British, he said they were “spoilt” and that NASA “rubbished” a story.  No American talks like that.

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      There were a few too many instances of “whilst” as well.

  • Jbar

    He didn’t stargaze because of the money?

    Fuck the money.

    • Jbar

      Also, a failed mission would’ve been political suicide? I’m not saying Dubya was fairly elected, but he had a second term after the Columbia disaster, and no one hates Reagan because of the Challenger. I hate him because he was a dickhead.

  • Parachutes?

    Not very entertaining fiction. Hard to imagine a conventional rocket lugging enough fuel up from the earth, land the capsule softly on the surface of mars, and have enough additional fuel to get three men plus equipment and dirt samples to achieve escape velocity off the surface of Mars and the long journey back to earth.

    Not to mention the guy is dumb enough to think humans could remove enough mass from Mars with conventional rocket fuel and shovels to actually change the mass of the planet enough to alter it’s orbit around the sun.

    Fabricating a believable story requires at least a 12th grade understanding of the physics involved.

    • Redacted

      Seriously. I think the same people who believe this shit are the same people who call themselves 9/11 truthers.

      • Parachutes?

        You lost me there. Black boxes are nowhere to be found, yet passports of the alleged terrorists are found virtually unscathed less than 24 hours after the collisions. Maybe they should start making the black boxes out of the same material as the indestructable passports?

        Way to stay on topic though. Enjoy your TSA cavity search.

      • Hey ho

         You really want to compare this to 9/11 truth. you are a fucking moron.

  • DeepCough

    I liked “The Martian Chronicles” more.

  • Apis

    Just examine the writing- M & C speak the same way.  One writer.  Interesting fiction I guess but nonsense. 

  • Jesus Borg

    Sounds like a Brit. “whilst” “Dodgy” etc.

  • Atom322

    Except that Mars’ atmosphere is a tannish color, not red and that you’d be hard pressed to find gold there. Maes’ minerals aren’t like Earth’s. The only place you could feasibly find gold is in one of the volcanoes. Seriously, if you’re going to make this up at least do the research.

  • 4afinn

     Mars is just like the fake photos of mars.

  • Kurt Webb

    Wii working without gravity, necessity of humans for collecting rocks, a company being able to send someone to Mars but not able to prevent them from escaping, this guy’s inept knowledge of basic physical ideas like gravity saying “gasses will escape to space,” all tell me this guy’s probably just having a bit of fun. 

  • http://twitter.com/mattstaggs Matt Staggs

    John Titor said nothing of this!

  • Fjaid

    i wanna to go at the MARS :(

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