The straps tighten tightly on her chest while the shuttle undergoes a strong jolt as it begins its descent into the atmosphere. The cabin lights are switched off as they are in the models of this series. The front screen flashes for a moment with the general input information of atmo, then turns off. If there is one thing that the MCRN must improve as soon as possible, it is the ability of its shuttles to land easily on planets similar to the earth.... About twenty minutes later she stumbles in a landing air that strongly smells like fresh asphalt, and fresh paint too. She may have already explored other worlds, but she remains a Martian who has lived her life in tunnels and ships, having nothing else above her than an open sky over her head, stays for her pretty scary and destabilizating. The runway is not very large and is satisfied with a flat asphalt space with paint lines to indicate landing areas and indications. Helped by Carson, she climbed into the rover waiting for them and fastened her seatbelt, her head still dizzy from the ride offered by the shuttle as she entered the atmosphere. The rover leaves the track quickly enough to head for a huge dome that looks like a white balloon inflated to the point of being about to burst. The base was built under a sealed dome to avoid contamination with the outside world, and this in both sides. Unlike a bunch of settlers just across the bay. A majestic forest extends its arms all around them and in doubt she asks the pilot the question. - Did we cut off a part of the forest so we could build our base? - No, we're pretty lucky, the whole area was an empty and desert clearing, nothing alive on the whole perimeter, unless we exclude the grass of course. She doubted it was really grass, but she didn't feel the strength to think about it. The entrance to the base happens to be a good old airlock as found on the Martian dome at the surface. She can't help but smile as she passes through the airlock. The rover parks in a designated parking space just outside the entrance. The inside of the dome is this time different from those of Mars, in the place of the sky is the white and plastic material that makes up this dome. Even though teams are harnessed to the installation of the screen on the surface of the latter. The base is made in ~ 1km diameter, although most of the modules will usually be underground. For the moment the biggest part of the space is totally empty, except for buildings there and there. - Hello I am Captain Guillaume Travers, said the officer who comes to her when she gets off the rover. She shakes his hand in a rather clumsy way. - Melanie Bulerson, Science Officer. It's nice to meet you. - Yes, I know, I've read some of your writings. Not for nothing that I'm rather happy to have you at our side...or i have to say on the same planet! The remark makes her smile. Helping Carson she gets into Travers' cart towards her apartments. In the distance on a training track, the troops seem to do their morning jogging. In the distance a restaurant of the "Max&Trevor" chain is under construction. - Tell me, is it morning or not? I'm a little unsettled by the trip. - It's complex, Sri has a 26-hour day which shifts our biological clocks a little. The base committee has not yet decided on the procedure to be taken, but for the moment we keep the Earth hours. - "Max&Trevor" hm... I never really enjoyed their food., say Carson She gives him a pat on the shoulder. - Hey I love their synthetic meat, there was no better in all Mare Sirenium. - Pff, it remains that the bread is horrible. Not to mention their crap they call "SoGreatDa", it should be banned by the Ministry of Health. - Wow, if you only go to their house for their sandwich and soda (although it's true it leaves something to be desired), you miss everything. - She's not wrong! ,said the captain, and then there won't just be them, soon other stores and restaurants will open. Carson rubs his tongue against his palate with resignation and looks away. The trip is short and ends straight in front of a small prefabricated building. - Here are your apartments, ma'am, I'll see you later after you rest from your trip. And for you soldier, we're on our way to the barracks! She descends from the rover and climbs the three steps that lead to the door of the small building. The door opens with a little magnetic noise when it pushes it. Too tired to understand, she just comes in.