The Interplanetary Voyage of Lt. (j.g.) Lewis North

Can an average guy (and his cat) make it to Mars and back?

Carey Krause

Carey Krause
Grand Rapids, Michigan,
April 25
this being the real-time blog of the first person allegedly to ever travel to Mars and back, as transmitted to his faithful amanuensis: Carey Krause.


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JULY 4, 2014 1:21PM

Pieces on the Board

Mission Elapsed Time: Day 167/867

First, my apologies. Things have been busier around here than one would expect, considering it’s just me and I have nowhere else to go. I have been bringing the Dragon II online and have been transferring some of my personal stuff, in anticipation of the upcomi… Read full post »

MAY 18, 2014 7:32PM

A Place to Land

Mission Elapsed Time: Day 120/867

The first trajectory correction burn is behind me. Mars is still just an orange dot, but a much brighter one than a few weeks ago, while the Earth is getting fainter each day as you race away from me on your great orbital curve to… Read full post »

APRIL 27, 2014 9:01PM


Mission Elapsed Time: Day 99/867

A little over a month ago I had a bit of an incident with a reaction control thruster which decided to self-destruct. This necessitated an EVA – an out-of-habitat experience which I will not refer to as a space walk, as that is just dumb;… Read full post »

APRIL 21, 2014 9:43PM

Traveling to Mars in Scale

Mission Elapsed Time: Day 92/867

I think I can safely say that I have as much first-hand experience as anybody ever has of the immense emptiness of space, yet I still cannot imagine it in any real sense. I can flick on a camera and there is Mars on the monitor… Read full post »

APRIL 13, 2014 5:55PM

One Person's Treasure

Mission Elapsed Time: Day 84/867

When I was a boy, my family would spend a part of each summer at my grandparent's farm in western Oklahoma. The Rock Island railroad ran a branch line from Chickasha to Gotebo which rolled over the corner of my grandparents pasture. My grandfather had photos… Read full post »

MARCH 17, 2014 9:10PM

The Big Bang

Mission Elapsed Time: Day 57/867

There was this big bang.

 I was sleeping at the time, so I had the experience of hearing the bang in my sleep, then waking up and wondering if I had dreamed it or if it were real. My first thought was that something had smacked… Read full post »

Mission Elapsed Time: Day 49/867

When the Rocket Scientists announced that the launch window for this trip centered around January 21, 2014, I assumed that the Earth and Mars must be close to opposition. For those non-science-y types (like me) that means that the Earth and Mars are lined up with… Read full post »

MARCH 2, 2014 11:17AM

My Little Egg

Mission Elapsed Time:  Day 42/867

I am immune to claustrophobia. I have no fear of being penned up. As you might imagine, that turns out to be a useful characteristic for an individual who will be for the most part confined to a space of approximately 50 cubic meters for the… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2014 3:56PM

A Sea Story, Part Two

Mission Elapsed Time: Day 35/867

 In my most recent post I recounted how a series of deliberate choices on my part led me to a small rocky island in the middle of the southern Indian ocean, without resources and completely dependent on a small group of resident scientists. I like to… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2014 2:35PM

A Sea Story, Part One

Mission Elapsed Time: Day 27/867

 I joined the Navy right after college, because I wanted to learn to sail.

 I know. I could be the poster boy for naiveté.

The Navy thought my computer science degree would make me a pretty good intelligence officer. I did get to sea. Eventually… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 10, 2014 9:23PM

The Gravity of Me

Mission Elapsed Time: Day 22/867

Newton’s genius, of course, was that he could see the big picture. He understood that not only was the apple being pulled down by the Earth, but that the Earth was being pulled up, just a tiny bit, by the apple. Thoughts about gravity have preoccupied… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 4, 2014 8:25PM

Say What?

Mission Elapsed Time: Day 16/867

 I understand there may have been a bit of confusion and/or skepticism following my initial posts. Admittedly this project was dreamt up in secret, and did not receive much publicity by design. We agreed that if everything went to hell right from the start and… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 1, 2014 2:00PM

Almost Certainly Okay

Mission Elapsed Time: Day 13/867

 There are three shipboard computers onboard my little vessel. Each computer gets the opportunity to run every calculation, after which the results are compared. Ideally all three will come up with the same answer, but if one comes up with a different answer, it… Read full post »

JANUARY 26, 2014 1:34PM

Why That Guy?

 Mission Elapsed Time: Day 6/867

“Why you?”

I know everyone is asking the question. The truth is, the skill set of a successful extra-planetary voyager can safely lie somewhere between the super-human test pilot attributes of the Apollo-era astronauts and the 9-to-5 ignorance of Elt… Read full post »