In an alternate universe in the year 2015, one of the moonbases has been put in a life-endangering situation. The base had been heavily damaged from mining operations for alternative fuel sources. The current crew were worried that neither of them were going to survive the danger ahead.
“We’re going to pass out if we don’t get this right,” stated the engineer. They were sweating and their hearts were beating faster and faster. However, they simply had to fix the base with tools and parts from a resupply module launched five days before.
The crew, feeling worried, started walking on the sea of sodium and graphite, heading to the modules. They felt as if they needed help before they started.
They soon restocked the food and water they needed to survive. “That will help for the next crew,” said the engineer. They needed to fix the Communication Array. That was the hardest object to fix on the base. It was hard work. “This is going to take hours,” said the engineer.
The base was in running order once the crew fixed the Communication Array. “Houston, we’ve fixed the problem,” stated the Mission Commander. Houston was relieved to hear that message.
The crew could hopefully now survive for a while and they were happy to be alive for another few hours in their external walk. They hoped the return home would go well, though. The crew desperately needed help to get back, so a landing capsule had to be prepared to take off from its launch site. Also, they had to dock to something with both a parachute and fuel to take them home.
Then, they remembered the Orion Module connected to the Armstrong station, orbiting 15,000 metres above them. The crew lifted off and retired to the space station. It was two minutes in zero-gravity before the crew could dock to the station.
“I’m slightly dizzy,” said the engineer.
Only one problem. There was little-to-no fuel in the tanks. They had only a few seconds of fuel left, so they had to think fast. They eventually made it to the station, luckily, with fuel to spare. The crew entered the Orion Module docked to the station. Capsule Com and Flight Com granted return to Earth.
“You are free to return to Earth.”
It took 3 days and 16 hours to return home.
The rest of the mission, except for conserving fuel in re-entry manoeuvres, was uneventful. As soon as the frogmen lifted them onto the aircraft carrier, the crew caught their jet home. Their families were happy to see them again. They were joyous to see their families, too.