|"Are you getting enough exercise?"
we asked astronauts as we observe them gathering samples of Mars.
Personally, we think that the astronauts climbing Olympus Mons
are getting more than enough exercise. However, there are also
many just collecting samples of the red dust on the ground and
we think that they are barely getting any exercise at all. We
are trying to convince the astronauts to take turns climbing
"I think I'm getting plenty of exercise. Olympus Mons is not exactly your average mountain you know," says Al Simpston, one of the astronauts nearby on Olympus Mons.
"I think I should gather samples from Olympus Mons instead of studying the red dust around our camp," Julie Raloskamon declared.
We decided to ask another astronaut, who is studying the various craters.
"I was thrilled when I was told that I was to study craters. I am pleased to say that I get a lot of exercise when I am climbing up the sides of craters," says Jim Clayton.
We decided to organize a trip for finding water, which along with being included as work, is going to be an exercise session. We asked the astronauts if they wanted to go on this important trip and we received various responses.
"No way!" says Al Simpston, "I already get enough exercise."
"Definitely, I would love to look for water, as well as shed some fat," Julie Raloskamon decided.
"I think that is a wonderful idea. I am going to get ALL of the astronauts to come along. If they refuse, they are missing out on a wonderful opportunity to socialize a little bit, as well as gathering information along the way," says Jeremy Hart, the man behind this important mission on Mars.
By the end of the trip, even Al Simpston was contributing jokes. The trip was a great success, even though we didn't find any water. When we got back, we immediately heated up some spaghetti, as all of us were starving. Al Simpston was the first one to look in the mirror and he finally admitted that he looked even better than before.