Today was the day. The first set of habitat panels went up. You could see how excited people were. This was the moment all of us here and all of the Mars Society members and supporters have worked for. I’ve been up here for three weeks now and this is the first time I let myself get really excited and had the adrenaline pumping. It was a moment I won’t soon forget. I know what this means to me and to so many other people. We all want humans to go to Mars and if this effort can help make that happen then all of us will have accomplished something big. I’ve read Usenet postings that were flaming this project and heard people snicker about the Mars Society and its goals. People have not been taking us seriously. Well, to all of the members out there reading this, stand tall and proud. What we are doing is important.