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The Planet

Note: All this is subject to change. Nothing is concrete until the final product is made, even if we're 99.99% done. Just give me warning if we need to scrap things at the last moment. Please.


The planet itself isn't that remarkable. Oceans, mountains, valleys, rivers, all that. Even the presence of living ecosystems isn't that unusual, though incredibly rare. The conditions that resulted in life on our own planet, and that continue to make it possible, are also present here, and though we've yet to find any other planets with such conditions, this itself isn't that remarkable.

Let me now tell you what is remarkable, gentlemen.

First off, the planet's global ecosystem is very similar to earth's. The overall geography is different from our own, but as you can see it sports several large continents and a smattering of islands, and at least two or three large oceans. All familiar ecosystems are present, and likely a couple we are unfamiliar with. Yet I am confident they are mere variations upon our own, and can be explored and documented with small risk. And in those ecosystems, so far as current probe analysis has provided, there are flora and fauna quite similar to our own. There's nothing that screams "stolen from earth" here, but it seems many of the plants and animals, and according to our samples, microbes and bacteria and fungi, that bear a remarkable similarity to those found here on earth! We even seem to have discovered the planet's version of penicillin, though all samples at our labs on Moon Base IV have died. We believe the reason for this is the second reason for the planet's remarkable condition.

The atmosphere on the planet is similar enough to ours to allow us to breathe without any trouble, at least so far as our samples indicate. There is, though, an unknown compound in the air, similar in function to ozone here on earth. The planet's sun emits a peculiar form of radiation, making certain forms of communication difficult, which we are working to counteract. The planet itself seems to use the compound in the air to reduce and transform the radiation into something beneficial for all plant life upon the planet. We may need to run a few tests to ensure it is non-hazardous to humans, yet I am confident we are in no more danger than a mild sunburn for staying out too long. Extensive tests and decade-long studies should provide us with the information we seek, while our operations continue on the planet's surface. We may even be able to find a way to use this new form of radiation for our own purposes, should it prove to have any beneficial side effects upon our researchers.

And the third and final remarkable thing... is that it is so close. Gentlemen, finding another planet capable of sustaining life, without the need for terraforming at that, is an incredible find on its own. To find one only a hundred light years from us, give or take a few, is unprecedented. There it sits, floating in the void of space, a pristine wilderness untouched by sentient hands. We know; we checked. Although we've only explored a small amount of the planet's surface, all satellite scans indicate that there is no obvious sign of sentient civilization upon the planet's surface. The highest and most intelligent forms of life appear to be primates with unusual anatomies and coloration, but otherwise nothing more. There could be something hidden within the jungles and forests we can't see from above, or a cave-dwelling culture we've missed entirely. However, the landing of our probes was not silent, and no doubt someone would have noticed. Besides, it has been several months planet-side, and only curious beasts have come to investigate. As far as we can tell, the planet is free for the taking, and no need for ponderous or inefficient terraforming devices this time, though air-tight colonies would be a wise precaution.

As it sits, gentlemen, this is an opportunity worth taking. Although it has once again inflamed the argument over Evolution versus Creation, this is still welcome news. Whether it was chance or a loving Creator that put this planet here, I cannot say. But I can tell you this: the message is clear. "Here be riches yet unspoiled by any man. Come and take them, if ye be man enough!" You'll pardon the romanticism, I trust. It's just... this is such a find! All of us are ready, willing and eager to set out. And with the new engines developed for inter-stellar travel, we'll be there in no time! Just say the word, gentlemen, and I promise you, my team and I will bring back such riches of knowledge and resources such as only exists in our dreams!

This is the chance of a lifetime! We need only be brave enough to chance the cold, cruel expanse of space and claim our new home! Or whatever you wish to call it. It is ours, yes? We can make it whatever we please! So, gentlemen, I ask you: shall we not strike out boldly? Shall we not take this gem in our hands and claim it for our own? The future awaits! Let us go forth and seek our fortune!

Thank you.

- Doctor Thaddeus Livingston, Professor of Biology and Geology, Head of the Global Extraterrestrial Exploration Board, at the 20XX Space Exploration and Mining Expo, June 23rd.

Last edited Jul 7, 2010 at 8:57 PM by BanditRingtail, version 2

Comments

Xylric Jul 9, 2010 at 5:27 AM 
Not bad, except that the technology to send manned expeditions out to 100 ly wasn't developed until the early 22nd century. There is no reason, however, as to why it couldn't have been discovered via automated probe, say, Pioneer VII?