Everything had been going so well.
On Fastrack One, the ship that will take us to Mars, all the systems were checking out with no glitches. The test crew was doing everything possible to uncover hidden issues before we left the vicinity of Earth, but all was working perfectly.
Then a rogue meteoroid sheered off one of our solar panels, sending it spinning onto the Moon’s surface. Fortunately no one on the test crew was hurt, and they still have enough power from the remaining arrays for their tasks, but we’ll need more for the actual mission.

Project Manager Dethany gathered us at mission control for an update, and for a while it seemed the launch would be delayed, or worse. That’s when the kind folks at the International Space Station (who’d been observing our ship’s construction all along) stepped up and offered one of their redundant solar arrays. Our engineers confirmed that the specs were compatible, and arrangements were made. Since we’d built time into our schedule for hiccups, we’ll still be on track to launch in January.
Of course, what this really does is blow our cover. This isn’t a secret mission any longer. The whole world knows.

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