On normal day in spring, my dad was packing ready to go to Mars. Dad was an astronaut. I keep asking him if I could go with him but he wouldn’t let me. So off he went to N.A.S.A. He always told me this little joke that N.A.S.A stands for Needs Another Seven Astronauts. It’s funny. As soon as he got there he put on his uniform on. This was his 10th time. He was going to Mars the red planet. He got in his rocket as soon as he was told to. Then it was the countdown. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Blast Off! It was such a rush! It was faster than a car. Dad went to unpack his stuff. When he opened the suitcase he jumped back in a surprise then he was a bit angry. “Why are you here,” yelled Dad. “But I really wanted to come because I want to be like you,” I said. “Well I better show you around then,” said Dad. He showed me the main control panel. I said, “Can I play with that joystick?” “Why not?” said Dad. I had a go and the whole ship tilted. “Why did you do that,” yelled Dad. “But, But you let me,” I said worriedly. “Well I thought you meant the practise one under it,” he yelled. Then I saw the practise joystick. “I know what you mean now,” I said. Dad said to tilt the joystick the other way. I couldn’t reach it! But I jumped from the side and just got it by my finger. Dad sighed with relief. “That was a close one,” said Dad. I agreed. “I’m sorry,” I said, “It was all my fault.” Dad gasped. I said, “Who’s behind me!” “Your, your, your mother! She has been the cleaner this whole time! Well you might as well bring Grandma and Grandpa,” Dad snapped! “Well actually,” said Mum. “So you did bring Grandma and Grandpa,” I said in excitement! “Did you think you could travel to Mars alone,” said Grandpa. “Well welcome aboard then,” said Dad a bit embarrassed. “Hey Dad look,” I said. Ahead was Mars the red planet. “Alright then,” said Dad, “Lets land the ship.” That is what he did. But before Dad sat in his seat I said, “What does this big red button do?” “Turns off the gravity,” said Dad.
When the ship landed. We went out the door with our spacesuits on. But surrounding the ship were little green aliens with a body, three heads, two arms, two fingers and toes, one leg and eyes on stalks. One alien said, “GRAB THEM!” This wasn’t good. They got us all and chained us up. “We come in peace,” said Dad. They hopped around on their one leg, which was funny! They locked us up except for Mum. “Don’t take her,” yelled Dad. So we were stuck in a cell. I went and leaned on the wall. Then a stone brick fell out. “Come on, lets get these stones out,” I said. We made a hole until we all could get out. We made our way to where the aliens were having a discussion. Mum was next to the king. We made our way to behind the curtain Mum was in front of. We whispered, “Pssss, come here.” Mum heard it and snuck behind the curtain. We ran to the ship as fast as we could then we heard a growl. Aliens were coming after us and fast. We made it in the ship. Dad went straight to the control panel and started the ship. It was the countdown again. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Blast Off! Off we went leaving the aliens behind. “That was close,” I said in relief. They agreed. When we got back to Earth we were happy to be back. By Joshua Newcombe