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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Galaxy Survey Expedition One - Log Entry 3

I've had a fair amount of luck the last week of surveying. In WREDGUIA SO-G C24-8 I discovered two water worlds. Both had no discernible land masses. Planet two was close enough to the main star to drive significant weather on the planet. None of the storms appeared to be more than can develop on Earth so shouldn't detract from the value of this discovery. The third planet had no weather patterns visible. It also had no oxygen in the atmosphere, unlike planet two which had a breathable 20.6%. The world is a prime terraforming candidate. The first I've discovered, though I was not the first to discover it. My confirmation of its suitability will still be quite valuable. The fourth planet had high metal concentrations and an atmosphere of equal parts ammonia, methane and nitrogen. I think we all know what that planet smells like.

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WREDGUIA SO-G C24-7, a class K star with a M class companion, also produced two water worlds. The atmosphere on the first is 32.2% oxygen. It's probably a good thing there is no land with its consequent plant life. Oxygen levels that high make one spark a conflagration. The second planet is a high metal content world with an atmospheric oxygen level of 10.9%. Both planets are terraforming candidates. The commission I'll receive on those two planets alone will amount to more than all the other planets and the two stars combined.

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Around WREDGUIA RO-G C24-13, I found a planet so close to its class K star the molten surface glowed bright red and silicate vapor geysers erupted everywhere. If there is a picture of hell, my database now contains it. The system also had a large Jupiter type gas giant with water-based life in the atmosphere. There was a second gas giant and plenty of asteroids all over the inner system. It is a system totally unlike the one which gave birth to humanity, but it lives. I still get a kick out of that.

WREDGUIA OJ-L B49-5 is a beautiful trinary system with lots of high metal planets. WREDGUIA RO-G C24-5 is a T Tauri type star. Some surveyors would say such stars are not worth the time to scan them. They are far too young to have developed planets capable of harboring life. Hell, they haven't even finished contracting to become a proper plasma monster. But one thing I've found in abundance around T Tauri type stars in the past are lots of chunks of metal. And where there is metal, there is profit. That's enough reason for my to scan everything in such systems.

The same can be said of class M Red Dwarfs. At WREDGUIA MJ-L B49-3 there were the icy bodies Red Dwarfs are renowned to have: four of them. And planet one was a high metal content sphere. Lazy surveyors would typically stop there, but then they would miss the most interesting planet of all orbiting that dim red star. Way out beyond 18 astronomical units, in an orbit nearly 90 degrees offset from all the other planets, is a high metal world that shows massive evidence of intense volcanic activity in eons past. From its position in the system, and the odd inclination of its orbit, I'd have to conclude this world is not endemic to WREDGUIA MJ-L B49-3, but rather was captured by that star sometime in the past. It's proof you can assume nothing about the nature of the universe.

And speaking of assuming nothing, WREDGUIA RO-G C-24-19 and WREDGUIA RO-G C-24-17, a glass G white-yellow and a primary class K yellow-orange main sequence star respectively, had 13 (!) metal-rich and  high metal worlds orbiting them, with WREDGUIA RO-G C24-19 8 being a terraforming candidate. Such a high number of metal content worlds around such main sequence stars counts as odd in my experience. But orbiting WREDGUIA RO-G C-24-17 A, I saw something that totally blew my mind. It's a high metal world, but it's not your normal high metal world. A picture can illustrate its oddity far better than I can.

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The last thing to cover in this log entry is I finally managed to hack my way into the Cartographics database and tie the ship's camera system, drones included, into the system. I can now record in flight video footage to go along with all those raw data points the Advanced Discovery and Detailed Surface scanners gather. It took me a few attempts to tie everything in, and create a format that is useful as a stand alone visual record, but I think I've got the hang of it now. In the end, I hope to build a library of worthwhile star systems to share with other surveyors. While I don't have the resources to build a library of all 400 billion stars in the Milky Way, I can do my small part in building a visual record of the systems beyond humanities influence I do visit. Perhaps others who come after me will find them useful. If it informs even one colonization expedition and makes their job easier, it'll be enough. Here is the library as it stands now. Please tell me what you think.



  1. You've inspired me to buy a new computer and get into this game.

  2. May I also recommend you invest in a Hands On Throttle and Stick (HOTAS) as well? It will make the experience light years better. :)


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