The first man to walk on the moon was a hero to five generations. The first woman to walk on Mars was forgotten even before her boots plunked into the red dust. Abandoned by a fracturing civilization on Earth, the first mission to Mars is in trouble. Anna-Jing, her left leg buried along with her co-pilot under a rockslide, and her malnourished crewmates must make impossible choices in order to return home.
A version of this short story was originally published in the July 2011 edition of On the Premises, and another version was published in audio format in August 2012 in EscapePod.
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