During the final days of life on Mars, the indigenous ecosystems had all but crumbled. Relics stood as a reminder of the societies that once thrived here, now extinct.
Those that survived the blast watched hopefully as a lifeboat of scientists, historians and a wealthy few blasted towards the stars to find a new home for their people.
They never returned.
The famine, plague and sickness eventually wiped out their population. As the atmosphere began to dissipate, the days grew hotter and the nights, even colder. The remaining vegetation died off, as did the fish and smaller wildlife.
As the sun would set, the landscape would go from an arid, burning heat to a frozen, ceaseless cold.