Mars was the first planet colonized. Mankind’s best hope for survival on a climate-change ruined Earth (beyond repairing Earth itself), Mars’ colonists live primarily underground. The ceiling of the caverns simulates day/night-cycles with solar-powered light fixtures. Life on Mars is hard.
Spacecraft and vehicle technology allows people to shuttle between solar system bodies. Whether in orbit or on a planet’s surface, these vehicles are often custom constructed by robots on-site using locally-gathered material. Robotic harvester drones constantly collect material from the asteroid belt to transport around the solar system. Travel in space is hard.
Orbital colonies are an essential part of mankind’s exploration. Home to third-generation families in space, they act as intermediaries between the Earth and its limited remaining resources and the colonies beyond. Watched over carefully, much of Earth itself is completely dead in large parts of the land and sea; ten billion half-starved stranded humans claw at each other for every small thing. Life on Earth is hard.
Mankind’s first colony was the Moon. With strong international presences from the countries of the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa, they retain their now space-worthy national interests while fully aware of each other’s struggles and active in pulling together to survive. As Earth dies and man moves away, life in the universe is hard but most realize: all we have is each other.
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