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by The Dolphin Approved Democracy of Celestial Wave. . 27 reads.

Space Dolphin

In 1995, Celestial Wave started their own space program, with the goal of establishing a stable, self sufficient, and profitable colony on the moon. The first step towards this was when we started placing small amounts of professional astronauts and scientists to the moon. The colonies were very easy to maintain after we installed the skyhook, a tether that spun around the atmosphere and fling reusable space shuttles out and into the Earth's atmosphere.

Over the next five years, the colony met it's goals, becoming the extremely profitable as private investors looked to gain lunar resources and tourism. Lunar mining helped us gain resources that would be extremely hard to get otherwise on Earth. In 2010, we started to set our sights on Mars, which seemed like the next best step for the space colonization. We set up habitats with small amounts of crew. Mars was a much harder goal to reach, due to the small window where the atmospheres overlapped. While the Skyhook did help lower the travel the distance between Earth and Red Rock by six months, the orbital differences still made setting up the colonies difficult.

Nevertheless, we were able to set up a Red Rock colony within the next two years. While it was stable, it was only home to a couple hundred people, due to how far away Mars was and how deadly it is living there. We did set up a Skyhook there to increase space infrastructure, and also set up a massive one around Mars's moons, which would be perfect for getting to planets like SunBurst or past the asteroid belt.

Our main goal is to increase the numbers and economic capability of our Red Rock colony. We are also hoping to set up colonies on Jupiter's moons, like Ganymede. Eventually, we hope to set up a Dyson Sphere, which would allow us to harness the power of the sun, and give us essentially unlimited energy for space exploration. Once we have the power of the Dyson Sphere, we could attempt to terraform Mars, creating it into a planet that could sustain life, similar to Earth.