It was the year 2201 AD. Gigantic preparations were in progress for the first manned expedition to Jupiter. A team of 150 astronauts had undergone rigorous training to travel in a spaceship called "Excalibur". They were instructed to fetch samples of all possible objects from Jupiter’s surface. The International Geologists Association were hopeful that they would find some metallic deposits in these objects and this would compensate for the diminishing quantity of metal available in the earth’s mines.
After the specified period, "Excalibur" safely landed on a plateau on Jupiter. Soon, the astronauts became engrossed in their work of gathering samples. Unfortunately, the region they had landed upon was a single continuous rock for several …show more content…
Taking clue from the swaying of trees, Erick removed his astronaut’s suit, to discover that he could breathe. Incredibly but truly, the trio had landed upon what can be termed as – a second earth. All three danced like madmen, drank some water from a clear stream and ate some fruits. They roamed for about an hour and were horrified to see some skeletons, similar to those of human beings and other fauna found on our earth. They concluded that this earth was devoid of civilization, possibly due to an asteroid attack. It was also inferred that this asteroid attack annihilated living beings on this planet and this lead to an absence of control over the spaceship while it was stationed over Jupiter. They returned to the spaceship.
The sun was reddish orange on the horizon. The trio was carefully scrutinizing the different components of the spaceship searching for any hint that would prove useful. However, all efforts were becoming futile. Nelson was in the central compartment near the lever he had moved due to curiosity. The catastrophe he had initialized was unimaginable. Frustrated, he kicked the lever hard. This time it moved towards the right. Unbelievably, the door flipped once again but this time, to a relief, it closed shut and the spaceship began to move away from this