to 1956 and beyond

The designs looked modern. Elegant. Forward-thinking.

The lighting was phenomenal.

Everyone’s face gleamed with their own satisfaction.

The project was on schedule.

Still, she had questions.

“What do you mean, they’ll live underground?” the press secretary said at the first briefing.

“It’s the safest way to avoid the freezing temperatures,” the NASA project manager replied.

“But you’re going to spend a hundred billion to get people to Mars, just to live in caves? It makes no sense,” she pressed.

He shrugged. “It’ll be like a shopping mall.”

She wasn’t having it.

“That’s what we’re trying to escape here on Earth.”