Well, its a long trip to the outer rim. You don’t realize how long one can sleep. They wake you up and you have a week or two to get ready to go back to sleep while taking on fuel and preparing for the next orbital slingshot. (One guy is in storage still, he’s doing his trip asleep all the way. rumor has it that its set for 25 years… Yea, do not disturb) Yea, its 2020 and we can freeze your body.
But, in my off moments, I did manage to check out the off world outpost on on Phobos.
Quick overnight shuttle mission, it was fun. Had time to do some research! Turns out mars->moon’s orbits are pretty easy. Also handy is having 2 moons and a big old rock turns out for come cool orbital mechanics. Anyways, its pretty fast, and if you’r broke from the night at the off colony saloon – Better hope you still have your spacesuit, we can send you back up to a moon cargo style. (Hope someone makes sure you have a space oxygen tank). Just ask for the emergency valet.
Catching up on current news, I see not much is set in stone. I did find an article from NASA, about performing a maneuver to keep Phobos untouched.
Not a lot of news, but I leave you some bits from the wiki. This quote was worthy :
“Phobos has been proposed as an early target for a human mission to Mars. The teleoperation of robotic scouts on Mars by humans on Phobos could be conducted without significant time delay, and planetary protection concerns in early Mars exploration might be addressed by such an approach.|
Again, Phobos could be valuable real estate..