The small speck had now started getting bigger and the craft which resembled a spider with a long nose kept hurtling through the space at incredible pace.
It had been more than six months since we had left the mother earth to explore the new universe. The crew was two male and two females including myself! Our craft was made of special reinforced carbon steel which could withstand the extreme heat and cold and once the initial rockets had detached after launching the craft in outer space, only the command module where we stayed in the confined space kept moving towards the destination!
The advances made in the nanotechnology had made it capable to shrink our physical size without affecting our body functions! The only constraint was that with reduction in physical size our levels of physical capabilities were limited without restrictions in intellect or reasoning powers. Shruti and Prabha were the female companions and Ashok the male counterpart!
We had some of the most incredible experiences till reaching the outer space surrounding the Red planet. I looked out on the special monitor which could be folded when not in use and was amazed to see a storm of red particles enveloping the craft almost blinding the craft as it inched closer towards the new planet in this galaxy, where the man had never ventured before! The communication signals with our control center on the earth took two days to reach both ways where we were currently positioned. All four of us strained our eyes and then in a few minutes we could see a calm and some strange neon lights as a surface resembling the earth started taking shape. I reduced the speed of the craft and started the descent ! Huge craters and bluish looking plants with strange orange flowers emitting intermittent lights started taking shape. There was quiet all around as the craft touched down raising a huge storm of the strange red dust. Once the craft settled down, Ashok and Prabha prepared the lunar buggy that looked like a giant cockroach.
|The Lunar Buggy|
The endless chain which drove this vehicle had cameras with fiber optic laser cables, as eyes, to navigate slid out of the craft with Ashok and Prabha. They had reduced their physical appearance by one hundred times before starting on the mission. The Cockroach like craft slithered out and went out slowly and steadily over the rocky red terrain. Strange sights suddenly took us by surprise. The orange flowers opened and what we saw was incredible! A small stream of visitors measuring about 3 cm in height emerged! They resembled humans but could move their heads in 360 degree rotation had four hands and four legs each.
|The inhabitant of Red Planet|
Some of them had features resembling the feminine human features and we guessed them to be of opposite sex. They had shining blue skins and were now following the cockroach like craft. Their movements were like that of a coordinated army following the craft! The craft disappeared from the sight over a small hillock! The pictures that I and Shruti saw next made us freeze! There were huge hydra headed reptiles whose eyes shone and had two tails. There were some giant animals resembling frogs and huge bees. The craft stopped as some of the creatures had climbed on it! Ashok and Prabha wanted to go out of the craft to see the aliens and meet them! I checked the surroundings and permitted them to go out! After checking all the gear they emerged out of the craft to be surrounded by those creatures who gestured in strange movement of arms. Their arms were sending signals that appeared to be some language which could not be decrypted. They extended their arms and moved towards the hillock! Ashok and Prabha followed the strange inhabitants to a pool of light which resembled shining water! On looking closely they found it was a huge colony where these creatures moved in small groups. It was a ‘Pool of Life’, where these creatures coexisted peacefully with no signs of fear, threat, or disease. After about an hour they returned to the craft with the gleam in their eyes as I and Stuti watched this Utopian world in bewilderment! At last we hand found a place in the galaxy which was a perfect place to live, as the craft once again docked with our mother ship for exploring new galaxies with a deep sense of satisfaction! How I wish that our little world becomes a perfect place to live like the Red Planet!!
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