Eleven ships carrying animals, tools, clothing, grain and other supplies set out on an eight month voyage. The supplies are sufficient to last two years, plus the journey time. Also aboard are approximately 1,300 passengers, about two thirds of whom are convicts. The rest are officials, soldiers, the ships crews, plus a few wives and children. The destination is the Gale Crater. The landing signifies the beginning of a mass transportation movement to start a prison colony. The aim is to relieve overcrowding in the jails back home. The year is 2028. It is sixteen years after the Curiosity Rover landed on the surface of the planet Mars.
Written for Trifecta Challenge, week fifty. The word is YEAR (noun), used in the context: