Egypt commissioned the Ra as a standard spacecraft post WWIII, but before the International Federation of Space Exploration issued the order that each continent had to supply one of their spacecrafts for the Mars mission. As a result, Egypt hand-picked the crew, leaving the colonists the only officers that IFSE’s Sanka Doug and Mars Colony’s Sophia Martinez have control over. Therefore, with the exception of the posts manned by colonists, Egypt’s best interests are most definitely being pursued by the Ra.
These are the brave men and women assigned to man stations on the ships, ferrying the equally brave men, women and children, who shall colonize Mars to their destination. Some are there for a round-trip to Mars, then right back to Earth. Still others are not just officers, but colonists, themselves.
The School Children
These are the children of colonists, several of whom are indeed the reason their parents got to go to Mars. They have the innocent vision necessary to see life the way it is and are the motivation needed to keep the adults dedicated to the colony’s survival.