By Carrillo Pinto
Regular day at NASA headquarters in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, a muted wind blows the air like whispering a hidden secret on Bob’s ears “Today is your day” He picks up his lunchbox, goes to the cafeteria and sits by himself with no company at all. He is isolated, he is a scientist, he doesn’t like people, he just likes to research deep and deep into greater possibilities of going somewhere else; but, to where else? back to the moon? mars? a passing through comet? No. He is exhausted, he believes there is more to investigate, he believes there is still a place where his people can fly to, a place where he is pretty sure there should be live, human life? not sure about that.
Bob has been working on the black holes and so far so good, he hasn’t found nothing exceptional that would eventually take him to the next level. The only reason for him to be at NASA, to find something huge, something relevant, something that will defy the odds and will finally conclude his lifetime research. A breakthrough. He opens up his lunchbox and he’s got 3 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that will satisfy his hunger all the way until 7pm when he will go back home; a humble apartment not to far away from NASA where he spends his nights thinking about “What’s next?”.
Nobody likes him at NASA , he is aware of that but he doesn’t care anyway, he is not there to make friends, he is an extremely introvert individual and he could careless about having friends or being recognized as their buddy. He is got a goal. He is determined to achieve hi dreams. He won’t stop until he is convinced that he did everything in his means to do so. But this is s different day, he has been working on some math equations and he is curious about where the hell these equations will take him to. He finishes his sandwiches and returns to his cubicle “I know there is something else but I don’t know what it is”…
He doesn’t drink, he doesn’t smoke. Math. Math. Math. It’s all about math. Bingo! He has found a hidden place where he believes there should be life. But where is it located? beyond mars? No. it’s located inside a pipeline that involves a variety of black holes that eventually lead to a final black hole where he believes there is life. He runs to his boss where NASA Administrator Mr. Bolden awaits for his findings. He stomps the door and enters heavily, Mr. Bolden reacts “What happened? he asks “I found it, I just found the a place where we will find life” he said “Calm down, get some water and explain to me where is it located” Bob calms down, he is excited but does his best to get back his composure “I’m fine, it’s just that I’ve been looking for this planet for my whole life, even since I was in college and now I have found it” Bob describes where the planet is located and how to get there and most important, what it takes to get there. Mr. Bolden listens and can’t resist to celebrate with Bob “It’s a wonderful day Bob, I believe we can start making plans to get there by 2027, how about that?” he asks “No, it’s already 2023, I won’t be able to wait 4 more years, it has to be in 2 at the most” he replies “Impossible, there is no way we can get there in 2 years, no way at all” Bolden answers kind of frustrated and Bob concludes “We will, it’s just a matter of who will fly to this place, astronaut Evans? astronaut Robertson? astronaut Douglas?” Silence.
NASA begins preparations to get to this point in the universe which has been nominated “Babel” and they really don’t understand why but they believe it’s the right name for such an endeavor. Evans, Robertson and Douglas are part of the team been trained to fly to Babel. Douglas is a female astronaut. 2 weeks later another female astronaut is added to the team, astronaut Moore. So, it’s 4 people now flying to Babel.
It’s been almost 2 years, preparations to fly to babel are almost ready, the launching could take place anytime soon, astronauts has already been warned to say goodbye to their relatives in advance. All of them are already staying at Cape Canaveral waiting for the okay to take off. It’s night time and the time has come, they are flying to Babel tonight if nothing else happens in between those hours of final instructions. They all aboard the shuttle, get ready and wait for the countdown to take off. They are on their way to Babel, everything is working as planned, no incidents, the take off is perfect. Hope is the word that describes the mood at the Kennedy Space Center.
It’s been 13 days since the shuttle took off, signals and messages are coming through without any problem, everything is working fine, no incidents to report at all. The firs black hole it’s about to be encountered anytime soon. Evans, the captain of the mission believes that if they go through the first hole peacefully without encountering any kind of trouble, the rest of the flight will be easier. However, that is not precisely what happens, regardless that the final stage, when exiting the first black hole, the shuttle flips over and loses it’s way but with a little bit of help of Cape Canaveral and some luck, the shuttle gets back on track en route to the second black hole, the one that will take them to a different milky way as they will leaves ours.
Douglas and Moore laugh and make the trip easier for Evans and Robertson. Bob is excited but wonders if ” They will ever be able to come back?” The answer is no, Do they know it? Yes they do. By now, they know they are not coming back as much as they haven’t lost contact with the earth. Evans is concerned about the third black hole, for some reason, he thinks that as soon as they enter it, they will be transported to an absolute different dimension, something that excites him but scares him as well since he knows that that will be the last time they have hope to ever return to earth. They discuss the possibilities of not entering in the third black hole, however, they have a mission to accomplish, they are American astronauts, they are not there to give up on the opportunity of a lifetime. Evans votes yes, Robertson votes no, Douglas votes no and Moore votes yes. They decide to flip the coin and it falls flat on the floor. It’s a yes. They will never see their families again. Most likely, all of them will die as soon as food and oxygen is gone. Douglas cries, Moore consoles her, however, they have reached a point of no return. They will never come back and Evans decides to enter the third black hole as he closes his eyes expecting that a miracle will happen and they will eventually find life in Babel. He knows deep in his heart that that will not happen.
On their way to Babel they are surprised to see strange human figures that fly very fast as they light up, however, they look like human contours but not necessarily they are. They just enjoy to see such an entertaining display of lights running towards the same objective, and that’s is precisely what gets the attention of Evans; he believes that those lights are going somewhere, that those lights are not just a random lights lost in eternity; they should be going somewhere, to a place absolutely unknown to them. It’s been 3 months since they left planet earth and as much as they still keep in touch with Cape Canaveral, they know that they will never see each other again. As the shuttle enters the fourth black hole, everything changes and they have the feeling that something strange is happening to all of them, something that goes beyond human understanding. Evans keeps calmed but knows that what they are feeling is not natural, it not something that they would expect on a trip like this. They exit the fourth black hole and they all have the feeling that there is nothing more out there, that the universe finally has an end. Wrong. Evans notes that if they keep moving forward, eventually another black hole will show up and they will find Babel. They all know Babel should be next but they can’t find the fifth black hole.
They are happy they just found the entrance to the fifth black hole. Silence. There is nothing to lose at this point. Contact with planet earth hasn’t been lost, so they still believe they might eventually be successful at their mission. Why not? It’s been almost four months since they left the Kennedy Station, it’s about time to get results. As they go through the fifth black hole, they’ve got the feeling that something extremely special is going on but they have no clue of the source of it. They finally exit the fifth black hole and are headed to a place that they acknowledge could eventually be Babel. It’s a tunnel, a lightning tunnel that has a more brilliant light at the end. Multiple colors. They are excited, they are finally getting to Babel. Rob gets emotional and is positive about getting to the right place, Babel. Everybody is crossing fingers at Cape Canaveral. All of the sudden, communication gets interrupted, there is no more contact with the Kennedy Station. The shuttle is finally lost in the universe. As they exit the tunnel, they can’t believe their eyes, that is Babel in front of them, they just have to land and start to live the dream of conquering a new planet with eventually potable water, fresh oxygen and food.
Evans is surprised when he realizes the atmosphere of Babel it’s very similar to the one on the earth. They start landing on Babel and all of them are crying of excitement, they can’t believe they finally made it. As soon as they land, they are very happy to notice that they won’t have to use their helmets as the temperature and environment conditions are exactly identical as the one on planet earth. The first one in jumping on Babel is astronaut Moore and then the rest of the crew. They all decide to go for a walk since the conditions are excellent. On their way to a robust mountain, they realize that there is music coming from somewhere, it’s a very soft music and gets louder as they approach the mountain. Once they get to the shore of the mountain, they are surprised to see a path that will take them to whatever is across the mountain. They follow the way and they can’t believe their eyes, there is actually life on Babel. Evans is the first one to take the initiative to get closer to them, however, as he intents to approach to a gathering of people standing right next to a water fountain; he is interrupted by a sort of a police officer that asks him very gently who is him and how did his crew was able to get access to Eden “Eden? is that the way you call this place sir?” “Yes it’s Eden, you didn’t know where you are” “No, we don’t know where we are, we just know we believe we just landed on Babel” “Babel? I’m familiar with that word, let me take you to someone who will explain to you exactly where you are”…
The crew is all excited, mostly because, regardless that they might never be able to come back home, they have already found a place to live in and it’s exactly what they were looking for, an earth kind of planet. They are taken to a compound that has white columns at the entrance, it’s sort of a palace ant they are surprised to see so many people on their knees like if they were praying to someone. The sensation of peace and the assurance that everything will be all right calms all of them down since they know that whatever happens, this is good people and they will not be harmed. Robertson can’t believe his eyes when he sees his grandma looking exactly like she used to look on those vintage pictures that he saw on his mom’s night stand when growing up. Grandma gets closer to him and just smiles at him but won’t talk. He doesn’t know what’s going on. Robertson tells the crew that he believes that’s his grandma on his mom’s side that past away while they were being trained for this mission back in 2024.
They are left in a white room with very comfortable furniture and screens all over the walls. A higher ranked officer gets in the room and begins to talk “This is the first time that anyone ever has gotten access to Eden without being invited by Adonai, you have to be invited by Adonai, otherwise, you will have to return to where you came from” He keeps talking “There is a book of life in the city where your names should be written, so, at this point, we will have to make sure that at least your names are written on that book, otherwise, you will have to return immediately. They all have to follow this leader that as he leads them to this called “Book of life” he gives orders to different people in terms of what they should be doing next. Everybody seems to be happy, including the crew. Only Douglas is concerned, she has the feeling that this is not what she was expecting. As they get to the book of life, they realize the book is enormous and that they will have to use a ladder in order to find their names. As soon as Moore jumps on, she realizes that the names are written in Arameo but seems that it’s very understandable. She finds her name, the city where she was born in and more information that she had already forgotten. Robertson is next and he doesn’t find his name. Evans is next and he finds his name. Douglas is the last one and she doesn’t find her name and she asks “So, what’s the point?” “Ok, I couldn’t find my name, is there something that I’m missing out?” “Eternal life” answers the officer in charged.
From this point on, they are told that they are in a very special place, that they don’t understand how is it that they got here and that someone else will have to make a decision concerning their destinies. Evans responds immediately claiming that all they want is to go back home, that if there is a chance to go back home, they prefer to return immediately. The officer responds that he is not entitle to make those decisions, that first of all them will have to determine what happened and how did they got here because it has never happened in the past “And I’ve been here since the creation, I’m one of the first angels to be created by God”… What! answers Evans “Where are we now?” “Heaven, you are in heaven Evans, this is heaven”…
Note: This is just a summary of the treatment in order to get the Copyright of the Library of Congress. This is just a glance of what it;s gonna happen and how this could have happen. This is not a Christian movie, this is a mainstream movie that touches a part of the Judeo-Christian belief that there is a place called heaven where only some people will have access granted by God and consequently, eternal life. Will the NASA crew be able to return to Cape Canaveral or Houston. We will see.
To be continued.
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