Each of us was responsible for 1.3 billion lives. Well by the time we would be done it might be a little less but it’s still weighs you down. Early on I thought about this number a lot; as the training got intensive it just became another number. I try to focus on another number - 1929 - number of known exo-planets. With almost 2000 possibilities we were bound to succeed. Another number i don’t like is 25.6 billion, number of miles how far our target had likely travelled. We would never find it, but we needed to locate pieces of it or even better, its source. Can’t have good numbers without the bad ones, like the constant push and pull of life. Life is why the 6 of us were up here in the first place. We were not the first, far from it actually.
Sláinte Prime (our current mission designation) is the 9th mission in the last 2 years. This means two things, first, we have a higher chance of survival as compared to the three Hauora missions and the sole Oberon attempt, which barely got off the pad. Second, a better chance at success as compared to Pinnacle, Chéng, Espy probes and the twin korean missions I could never pronounce right.
For those that know about earth’s space faring history 9 missions in a span of two years might seem unreal but if you took into account everything humans have shot out of the atmosphere since we figured out we could, that’s not a crazy number. What’s crazy is that all 9 missions have had the same goal, save humanity.
Humanity needed saving because no one spotted the problem in time. “Candida Mortem” looks like a low grade fever for the first few weeks. First few weeks also happens to be when precautionary blood tests are done and “candida mortem” presents like any other normally occurring rdna strain found in the bloodstream which means labs did not start intensive testing until it was too late. It was doctor Jurgen Mortem who discovered that the rdna strain mutated in week 5 after infection making it detectable, too bad they named the damn thing after him, what a legacy.
So back to why i was shot into space with a rocket strapped to my ass. “candida mortem” aka ‘canmor’ you see is resistant to pretty much every element found on earth. I say element because researchers stopped synthesizing vaccines last year, they basically resorted to exposing canmor to every thing with matter known to humankind. Canmor just figured out a way to multiply in every case. Then they started trying pieces of meteorites that have landed on earth over time and one of them Zaisho, which hit Japan in february 1898 managed to hurt canmor back. Now we are up here looking for more of Zaisho, lots and lots more.