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“Why not just look for a more solid planet?” Darren asked.
“What if the crew needs to land for repairs or an emergency and they have no alternative?” Celia suggested.
“Really?” Darren rolled his eyes.
“Yes really. Our team is going to be out there for years, they’ll need to have contingency plans.” Edward replied.
“Ok, so lets say they release an inflatable bubble out of the air lock.” Joe suggested.
“What, like they would an inflatable raft?” Edward asked.
“Sure!” Joe answered “We could realistically package a space dome small enough to stow somewhere but big enough that they could begin building their more permanent shelter inside.”
“Ok, but how would they repair their ship?” Celia asked.
“Why not have a plastic bubble, zippered air lock?” Andy suggested.
“Big enough to drive the ship through?” Darren asked.
“Sure!” said Andy.
Edward walked over to the drawing board to peruse their list of possible materials.
“Ok... but where would they get the materials to build their more permanent station?”
“Perhaps, they don’t build the more permanent station unless it looks like they will have to stay there. Otherwise they could just move the ship inside and live in the ship.” Darren said.
“Do we think we can find a material that will stand up to whatever storms may be on the gas giant? What about acid rain?” Edward pointed out.
“I know who to ask about that.” Joe volunteered.
“Ok, you see to that Joe,” Edward double checked the board again, “What does everyone else think? Will this plan work?”
Nods from all four of the other members satisfied Edward.
“Ok, so we have the story line, can we do all of this on our budget?”
“I’m more worried about how we are going to make the gas giant storms look realistic using just green screen technology!” Andy exclaimed.
Today's post was inspired by the letter G. G is for: Gas Giant as part of the Blogging from A to Z April 2015 challenge! Click on the letter to join on in the fun!
Every day (excluding Sundays) I will be writing a post about something that begins with the letter for that day. Most of the time you will find a sci-fi flash fiction piece here.
For Readers: Do you think their plan would work on a real Gas Giant? Why or why not? What would your plan be?
As always... if you have something that starts with the letter H that you would like me to try to incorporate into tomorrow's short story, I'm always open to suggestions!