A Home From Home

That evening Eve saw many wonderful things, it was a truly breathtaking place. There were golden fields of wheat and barley, crops so high they seemed to be reaching for the stars themselves. There were trees and plants and herbs, all thriving in this alien environment. Adam told her how they had striven to create an oxygen cycle which mirrored that on Earth, they were close now to achieving sustainability, soon the supplements used to modify the artificial atmosphere would be stopped and every single colonist would be at the mercy of these farms and their oxygen production. It was hoped that in time they could cultivate more water from the atmosphere and decrease the reliance on shipments from Earth. Adam predicted that within five years the entire colony would be self sufficient.
There were other animals besides the cattle; mostly farmyard species like chicken and sheep, but a few more exotic varieties especially birds. There was one wonderful enclosure which was artificially regulated to resemble tropical conditions. It had been in existence for ten years and was completely unmodified by man.
“This project started out as an experiment but has since been expanded due to its oxygen producing ability. This enclosure alone produces fifty seven percent of all oxygen at Lunar Base.” Adam explained.
“Its magnificent,” that was all that Eve could say amid that bombardment of colour. There standing on the Moon Eve was surrounded by life, trees stretching their branches far above her head. Underneath this canopy countless varieties of plants had their home, all fighting for survival in a veritable sea of greenery. Insects buzzed around looking for food and magnificent birds of all shapes and sizes gracefully went about their business. The cacophony of sound which assaulted her ears heralded nature’s divine beauty. It was a truly wonderful place.
“You’ve done a remarkable job,” Eve said in a state of awe.
“Not I, only nature’s subtle hand can weave such wonders.” He too seemed in awe at what he saw, “All we have done is provided the opportunity.”
“The lighting here is artificial.” Eve remarked.
“That’s right; there are vast solar arrays at various points on the lunar surface which provide a near constant supply of power.”
They walked for a long time in that garden of wonder. Never before had Eve felt so at one with nature, strange that it was only on the moon where she truly recognised the wondrous beauty of life itself.

A Home From Home


Joined March 2008

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