The date is January 1st, 2014. The captain (me) and passengers (youtube subscribers) of the XR2 have been celebrity guests aboard the ISS for nearly two years since arriving from Brighton Beach.
The reason for the long delay is because it took that long for Mars to be in a position relative to Earth that would allow a low consumption Hohmann transfer orbit to be possible. Had we left soon after arriving it would have taken nearly three years to make the trip and required more fuel than the XR2 could carry. As it is the trip should take no more than eight months or so and require approximately half of the ship’s fuel supply.
I certainly hope that everybody remembered to pack a good warm carhartt jacket because I understand that while the view on Olympus Mons is really cool, so is the weather. In fact I believe it’s totally effing cold because Mars is quite a bit farther from the sun than Earth.
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