Journey to Ariadne – Part 2: Transmission

As promised, part 2 of Journey to Ariadne is here! I hope you enjoy it.

Jay Dee Archer

March 18, 2163

Ariadne Project Mission Control

Hellas City, Hellas Basin, Mars

The tension mounted in the room. The head scientists, technicians, and specialists occupied all forty terminals while facing the main screen. A three metre tall main view screen and forty smaller touch screen panels for each terminal crowded the large Mission Control centre. The lights reflected off the screens and the air recycling system hummed. Everyone focused on the main screen. Ben checked the antennas, trying to calm himself down.

TRANSMISSION INITIALIZED. THIS IS ENDURANCE. STAND BY. 1:00.

Another smaller screen counted down the time until the end of the stand by phase. Three minutes and forty-two seconds.

Paolo stood up at the front of the room and turned to face his colleagues. “In less than four minutes, we should be seeing one of the most amazing images we’ve ever seen. Following that, an incredible amount of data…

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