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Mars 2140 (1)

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{EXT. SPACE – DAY}

Eight spacecraft are flying toward planet Mars in few distances away from each other.

{INT. FLIGHT DECK, NG115M}

AARAV, MARK and BOLAJI are viewing planet Mars through the windscreen of the spacecraft.

AARAV
(sings)
Hallelujah, he’s the Lord, all the people praise his name, Hallelujah praise the Lord!

BOLAJI
(to Aarav)
Christian?

AARAV
(stops singing)
Nope, I just like the tune, Dr Boji.

BOLAJI
Bolaji!

AARAV
Oh, Bolaji

AARAV
You know, we Indians love music.

MARK
Christian music perhaps
(Bolaji giggles)

AARAV
No, Mark.

BOLAJI
Hindi?

AARAV
Jesus Christ!

MARK
He’s a Christian

BOLAJI
I knew it.

AARAV
Hey! You can’t prove that.

MARK
Alright, what’s the meaning of your name; Aarav?

BOLAJI
Okay?

AARAV
Peaceful and wisdom! How does that sound religious to you?
(Bolaji and Mark laugh shortly)
What!

MARK
Christianity loves peace.

BOLAJI
King Solomon was a man of wisdom!

AARAV
Oh my God!
(Bolaji nods)

MARK
That’s it!

AARAV
I got it. My parents were Christians, though.

BOLAJI
That’s why you love Christian music.

AARAV
Anyway…
(emergency light beeps on the control board. They all turn their attention to the beeping light)

BOLAJI
This craft is self-piloting, so what’s that for?
(walks to the board, takes a device and talk into it)
Dr Bolaji, 115 online, what’s going on?

{CABIN, NG568M}

TARI
(stands before a large container)
TARI, 568 responding, sir, one of the containers is broken.

BOLAJI (V.O)
(over the telephone)
How, what happened, Tari?

TARI
I don’t know, seems like it wasn’t firmly locked.

{FLIGHT DECK, NG115M}

BOLAJI
Is it something you can fix?

TARI (V.O)
(over the telephone)
Yes, I think so.

BOLAJI
Then why the alarm?

{CABIN, NG568M}

TARI
It wasn’t me, it automatically did that.

{FLIGHT DECK, NG115M}

BOLAJI
Fix it then.
(disconnects the network)

MARK
Doc, are you guys really up for this?

BOLAJI
Yeah, of course, why are we up here anyway?

AARAV
What if it doesn’t work?

BOLAJI
It will.

MARK
You know, NASA has been on Mars for years and they’ve not come up with any habitable news.

BOLAJI
That’s why we are Nigerians, we make history. NASA is too slow, they study one thing for years. They were opportune to send rovers to Mars ever before you and I were born. Believe me, if it were Nigerians, by now we’d be playing soccer on Mars.

AARAV
Really?

BOLAJI
Hmm hm.

MARK
Those containers, what’s in them?

BOLAJI
Yeah, it contains soil, plants, electronic devices and other scientific apparatus.

MARK
That’s what’s in the eight crafts?

BOLAJI
Yeah.

AARAV
Your first mission to Mars, you sent eight crafts. What if the mission fails?

MARK
That’s a lot of wasted billions.

BOLAJI
We don’t care. Our scientists are always right.

AARAV
That’s great!

BOLAJI
(walks to the door and it automatically opens)
Come with me.

{CABIN}

Bolaji, Mark and Aarav are standing before trucks, tanks, caterpillars, excavators, tractors, campers and machines.

AARAV
Wow!

MARK
Is this a construction company?

BOLAJI
(giggles)
Well, this is why we’re heading to Mars.

MARK
Who’s going to drive these things?

BOLAJI
Craft 216 is loaded with workers.

AARAV
All with oxygen tanks?

BOLAJI
That’s right.

MARK
(nods)
Nigerians.

BOLAJI
Haha! That’s how we roll!

MARK
I see.

AARAV
Why are we just the ones in this particular craft then?

BOLAJI
Because we’re the only astronauts on board, the rest are workers.

AARAV
Jesus Christ!

BOLAJI
Hey, Christian, how many crews does NASA send to space?

MARK
That’s not necessary, but…

BOLAJI
(interrupts)
We’re not yet on Mars, hold your critics till then, men!

AARAV
You said Nigerian scientists were behind this idea, how come you’re the only scientist on board?

BOLAJI
Because this is my mission, my dream, my career and my life’s work.
(Aarav and Mark glance at other)

CONTINUE…