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Shift Change
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The ascent stage of a two-stage lander soars through the tenuous Martian atmosphere on the first leg of a long trek home. This Mars outpost crew has just completed a year-long tour of duty and will spend about 1 more year on a transfer vehicle returning to Earth. This equatorial base, located near a tributary of Valles Marineris, is in the vicinity of the Viking I landing site. High Stakes In the new world order, the international spacefaring community strives to realize the vast potential of space and its resources. These nations compete, but from this higher ground, they see a common home.
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