A Colony on Mars
The Martian soil is known to be extremely rich in iron. So far there is no
information that I could find as to the presence of other minerals but with the
high presence of iron there are bound to be others we just have not found them
yet or reported them yet.
So there you have it everything that man would need to survive is
awaiting him on Mars. The technology is already available all that we lack now
is the resolve and the commitment.
NOTE: No time and date system has been universally accepted for
keeping the time and date on Mars, at least not as of 2108. When and if Mars
is ever colonized a standard will be established. Please go to
http://pweb.jps.net/~tgangale/Mars/faq.htm#day where you can read everything
you ever wanted to know about keeping track of time and dates on Mars. Some
interesting facts are as follows: A Martian Day is 24 hours 39 minutes 35.24409
seconds long, a Martian year is 686.9726 Earth days in length. A Martian Day
is called a Sol.
How does the eccentricity of Mars' orbit affect the seasonal variations?
Earth’s orbit is very nearly circular, and so the four seasons last
approximately the same number of days. The orbit of Mars, however, is a bit
more eccentric (0.0934). In accordance with Kepler’s laws of orbital motion,
Mars travels more slowly in its orbit when it is further from the sun, and more
quickly when it is nearer to the sun. Mars reaches its furthest point from the
sun (called "aphelion") when it is spring in the northern hemisphere. This has
the effect of making spring the longest season (193.30 sols), and summer the
second longest (178.64 sols). Mars reaches its closest point to the sun (called
"perihelion") when it is autumn in the northern hemisphere, and consequently
autumn is the shortest season (142.70 sols), and winter is the second shortest
(153.94 sols). On a calendar containing 24-months of equal duration, spring
lasts seven months, while autumn lasts a little more than five. Summer has a
little more than six months, and winter has a little less. This paragraph was
plagiarized from the above mentioned website. I suppose that if this story is
ever released as a book I will have to get permission to use it or completely
reword it. Perhaps now you will understand that for the purposes of this fiction
story the Author has taken license to have the characters in the story use
Greenwich mean time and the Earth calendar and to say that the scientific
community at the colony maintains and prominently posts the Martian time and
date which is available to anyone planning to work on the surface.
Until the reader reaches PART II of this book he will have no idea of what
the story is going to be about. I would encourage you however to not skip
ahead to part II. If you do not read part I then part II will be meaningless. Part
II begins about two thirds of the way through the book.
This story then will be the author's fictional concept of what might take
place if mankind were to embark on a project to colonize Mars.