MarsAugust 2042: Hours after Marta is returned to Olympus Town by a Lukrum crew, workers at the Lukrum mining colony begin falling violently ill, and an emergency call is made to Olympus Town. Javier reports for his routine shift in Olympus’ xenobiology lab, only to find that the lab technician charged with examining Marta’s water samples is deathly ill; Javier is ordered to seal the lab’s airlock from the inside, as he too has now been exposed. At the Lukrum facility, the sickness has spread much more rapidly. Still recovering from frostbite, Marta suits up to go into the xenobiology lab to isolate the biological cause of the mystery illness, discovering that Martian microbes rendered inert by cold have been reactivated by the warm environs of the human habitats at Olympus and Lukrum. Penicillin would eradicate the disease, but having fallen out of use in western medicine, it’s not part of Olympus’ stockpile of medical supplies. Commander Seung could request a supply from the Chinese space station, but since that station broadcasts live to Chinese television 24 hours a day, the whole Earth would know of the epidemic taking shape on Mars in very short order – and that’s something Lukrum CEO Roland St. John does not want. Seung has to weigh the safety of every human being on Mars against the potential political fallout of revealing the outbreak to the public on Earth.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Julie Hebert
based on the book “How We’ll Live On Mars” by Stephen Petranek
directed by Stephen Cragg
music by Brian Reitzell

MarsCast: Jihae (Hana Seung / Joon Seung), Sammi Rotibi (Robert Foucalt), Alberto Ammann (Javier Delgado), Clementine Poidatz (Amelie Durand), Anamaria Marinca (Marta Kamen), Cosima Shaw (Dr. Leslie Richardson), Gunnar Cauthery (Lt. Michael Glenn), Roxy Sternberg (Jen Carson), Evan Hall (Shep Marster), Jeff Hephner (Kurt Hurrelle), Levi Fiehler (Cameron Pate), Esai Morales (Roland St. John), Josh Cowdery (Chris Owens), Nicholas Goh (Gan Chen)

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