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Old 03-14-2010, 02:07 PM
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This is an idea, that each user can follow the story with a proceeding chapter until we have a fleshed out story.
The first chapters have already been made by users, and it would be brilliant if we could continue their efforts.
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CHAPTER 1


It was a cold and still night. No clouds at all to mask the stars. Not even any light pollution, though Mauna Kea was far away and tall enough to avoid most of that. With all things considered, it was every astronomer’s ideal. Of course, the cold wasn’t, ideal but you couldn’t avoid that. Heat would be bad for the performance of the forty-meter telescope and the adaptive optics. And of course, it would be a shame to have the new facility operating poorly. It had been completed in 2042, just last year. Of course, it had been slated to open in 2034, but budget cuts and delays were inevitable in anything related to space. The first year had been straight forward testing, and they’d only just begun the mission: to search for extra-solar planets.

And that was Walter McKinley’s job. Fresh out of UCLA with a Master’s Degree, he’d been tapped to serve on the team. Getting the request one year earlier had been the greatest experience in his life. And he’d been living the dream in Hawaii for a year. What might have surprised the casual stargazer was how infrequently they actually used the telescope. He’d only had the chance to operate it a dozen times. So, it was still special to be there tonight staring up at the stars.

He sipped a mug of hot coffee, and then set it down gingerly on the nearby table. The warming liquid helped him concentrate too. He looked at the display and was amazed as always, the adaptive optics made the already-impressive image far better. It made the early telescopes like the Hubble or the Starfire Optical Range look like toys.

“Hey, Walter!” A voice interrupted Walter McKinley’s thoughts. “Um, what?” He said.

Jennifer Tomlin sighed, despite being brilliant Walter could be absent minded. “We need to select and record our starting observations…. The recommendation is to examine Wolf 359.”

Walter nodded. “Yes, but haven’t you ever just wanted to do something different once in a while? Maybe just look up and see what there is?” He paused long enough to notice Jenny staring at him. “Its not against the rules to do something different, come on Jenny. I’ll buy you a drink,” he offered, almost as an afterthought.

Jenny sighed again, but this time obviously with acceptance. “The things I do for you Walter…”

Walter grinned. “Thanks Jenny!” He looked at a star chart for inspiration. Epsilon Eridani? No, maybe, maybe, Alpha Centauri. “Alpha Centauri,” he declared as he keyed it into the telescope. The telescope turned and the platform shifted somewhat. Then the images started to appear and solidify.

“Look,” he pointed at the screen. “There’s A and there’s B.” The binary stars were clearly visible, and the telescope wasn’t even at its maximum magnification. “Let’s zoom in some on Alpha.” The image grew larger and more details came. The star sat there in the center of the screen, like an exotic diamond. And around it, in the habitable zone was… “Hey, is that a planet?” Walter zoomed in at the maximum. A large blue planet filled the screen. “Wow! We’ve got a big one!” His voice was giddy, and he was shaking with excitement. Jenny came up and stood by him. “Wow! Look at that, bands like Jupiter…” Walter nodded excitedly. “And an anti-cyclonic storm, like the Great Red Spot!” An idea suddenly came to him. “It looks just like an eye. Let’s call it Polyphemus, after the Cyclops. “ Jenny nodded her head vigorously.

They both stared intently at blue gas giant. They were both speechless now. Minutes passed before Walter finally spoke again. “Look! See that?” He practically shouted. Jenny leaned in. “See what?” Walter’s voice was a passionate whisper now. “Moons… Polyphemus has moons.” He pointed to a single large dot, his finger almost obscuring it. “Pandora…”

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CHAPTER 2

6 years in the future …..



Walter McKinley, now head of the so called “Pandora Project,” was sitting in his office.

Soon after his discovery of the moons of Polyphemus a big mining company, called RDA, took notice of his discoveries and made him the offer to sponsor his explorations.
So Walter became head of the “Pandora Project.”

Suddenly the door opened.
Walter looked up from his computer and one of his assistants was standing right in front of him, breathing heavily.
“Walter,” he started, struggling for air, “Walter the Columbus space probe has reached the solar system of Alpha Centauri.”
Walter immediately stood up from his desk and ran to the main control room.

Right after he started working for the RDA the company built him a whole institute for the discovery and research of Pandora and the Moons near Polyphemus. The first scans showed that Pandora had a rich deposit of a metal that’s very valuable on earth; Unobtanium, which is used as superconductor to help Earth solve its powersupply problems.

As Walter reached the control room he saw a video of the probe entering the solar system. At that moment, it passed the outer planets, and right ahead was Polyphemus. Its blue surface now nearly filled the whole screen.

“Initiate the break mechanism,” one of the operators instructed.
“Check the angle,” another said.

The probe was heading for an orbit around the blue giant. It was a specially developed long distance probe with a big storage compartment filled with satellites and other optical equipment. After accomplishing that objective, the plan was to send out some of the satellites to orbit every moon and make scans of the planet and retrieve some detail pictures.

“Angle looks good, speed is dropping,” the first operator stated.

“Listen up people”, Walter said out loud, “I want your full concentration on this now. We only have on try to get this done or the whole operation will be terminated. We have already exceeded our budget. The company won’t pay again for this mission.”

The eye of the anti-cyclonic storm was right in the middle of the screen. The probe was ready to enter an orbit around the planet.

The space probe was following the computer based course. Making little corrections, sometimes using the breaks, but over all it looked good.

“We have a stable orbit around Polyphemus”, one of the operator said with joy in his voice.
Cheers erupted throughout the control room, just like after a space shuttle successfully started its journey back to the moon in the 20th century.

“People, people”, Walter said trying to be louder than the cheering, “People we aren’t finished yet. Before celebration we have to drop the satellites so that they can make their way to the moons.”

Everyone got silent again and returned to their seats.

“Make the probe ready for dropping,” Walter said after everyone was paying attention again.

“Re….”, a cracking voice tried to say, “ready sir; sorry.”

The doors to the storage on the probe opened slowly, revealing fourteen satellites; one for every moon surrounding the gas giant.

“Sir we are ready to release the first three satellites”, one of the operators said.

“Let’s go, show us your secrets”, Walter said full of excitement.

The first three satellites where released, slowly, without any problems, initiating their engines and setting course for their specific moon, one of them straight to Pandora……

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CHAPTER 3


After fifteen minutes, the satellites reached their planets. The satellites, once in stable orbit, started to take high resolution pictures of the moons.

The pictures were then transmitted back to the Columbus which then in turn transmitted them to the operations rooms on earth.

Pictures of all the moons were flashing by on the monitor when Walter exclaimed "STOP!"

One of the operators stopped the feed.

"Do a slow rewind of the pictures." Walter said.

The operator did as Walter told him to do, and five picture back they saw something that made the room go silent.

"Which planet is this?" asked Walter.

One of the techs answered him after a few moments, "I checked the satellite number that took the picture, it was 1963240, the one above Pandora sir."

"Pandora? Are you certain?" Walter asked, his voice shaking slightly.

The tech looked him square in the eye and said "I have never been more sure on anything in my life."

The room was silent for a minute. Walter cleared his throat.

"Alright then, bring up all the images of Pandora and put them on the main monitor." Walter commanded

Every picture that popped on to the monitor was met with silence. No one knew what to say, what they saw was simply too amazing.

"J...Jenny could you c..come here for a moment?" Walter stuttered.

Jenny walked up next to him, she was as silent as he, just staring at the pictures on the monitor.

Walter spoke "Jenny could you please tell me what we are looking at."

Jenny was still so shocked it took her a minute to respond. "I see vast tropical rain forests across much of the land, and were there is not there are plains of grass."

Walter nodded his head and said "What else do you see Jenny?"

Jenny swallowed. "On the plains I see what look like herds of animals and above the rain forest I see what look like flocks of birds of all different kinds."

"And tell me; what do jungles, plains of grasses, flocks of birds, and herds of animals mean?"

Jenny was silent, the room was silent, you could hear a pin drop from across the room.

"Jenny, I asked you a question." said Walter.

Jenny looked at him with a shocked smile on her face. "Its means something we could have never hoped for in our wildest dreams. Something that people have said exists only on Earth."

She paused for a second, and then said the word that every single person in that room wanted to say, but were too shocked to say it. "Life...Life... LIFE!!! THEY MEAN THAT THERE IS LIFE ON A PLANET OTHER THAN EARTH!!

She hugged Walter. Instantly everyone in the room jumped up and started to hug each other as well. All that could be heard were cries of "WE FOUND LIFE!!"

After five minutes of celebration Walter yelled above all the noise, "Chief Technician, send down the planetary surface probes!"

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CHAPTER 4

This was insane….surreal…..amazing.
He had done it, Walter thought to himself as the crew were back to working on the trajectory of the surface probes, they had found life.

Walter stood there, almost completely unaware of what was going on around him, lost in thought about the breakthrough he had just made. They had just made. This is going to change everything, he thought with excitement coursing through his veins. This was the key to so many answers no ones been able to answer for, well, ever! He thought even more exuberantly.

“ Walter?” said Jenny tentatively. For about a second, Walter pretended not to hear her, wanting nothing else than to bask in this new found glory. Then he turned to face her. “ Mhm?”

“One of the surface probes have landed, we’re just working on getting the T-Cam up, for some real-time visuals, come on.” Jenny told him, implying that he follow her to a near by monitor, where a technician was working away.
He followed.

“How’re we doing?” Jenny asked the technician. “Great Ma’am, we should have it up and rolling in about 40 seconds.” Replied the technician, shaking with anticipation.

“Do we know where this probe has landed, exactly?” Walter asked. The technician turned to him. “ In a manner of speaking sir, yes. We sent the probes in with the intention of each of the 3 landing in different ecosystems. This specific one, 181210, was intended to land in what looks like the rain forest of the planet, but whether it really landed there, we cannot be sure until we have the T-Cam up and running.” He told Walter matter of factly. “I see.” Said Walter now slightly anticipating where the Probe had actually landed. “Make sure we activate the trackers, so that is we loose control, or visuals, we know where it was when the error occurred.”

“Yes sir,” He replied. “Beatrice, activate the tracking beacons.” He told the technician beside him.

Walter looked around. He wanted so badly to just go and proclaim this news to the whole world, to just let every single human being on earth know what they had just discovered. But he had a job to do, and it was a very important one.

“Sir, we have visuals!” Exclaimed the technician. Everyone in the room, became still and silent and looked towards the monitor.
There was a tiny flicker of static, a small muffled noise of the Probes tracks on the dirt, and then the monitor was filled with something that made Walters heart stop.

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CHAPTER 5


They were getting their first ever close-up view of extraterrestrial life.

A blue, six-legged animal, the size of a deer, gazed curiously into the lenses of the probe for a moment, chattering to itself and darting its head about. It had a fan-like protrusion above its skull, with ‘eyes’ on each side.

Walter and the entire team watched with utmost fascination as the Hexapede, as they quickly labeled it for having six feet, suddenly perked up and sped away. A millisecond later, they were stunned as a 3 feet long arrow landed in the dirt.

However, despite all the mental preparation that Walter had braced himself for, nothing on this world could prepare him for the next sight. A blue humanoid foot with 4 toes crept silently towards the arrow, and as the creature bent down to pick the arrow up, the community got its first ever sight of a counterpart to the human race.

‘’Freeze the image!’’ Walter shouted breathlessly, his heart pumping in excitement. As Beatrice scrambled to execute the command, Walter saw a huge, blue face appear on the screen. The alien was roughly 10 feet tall, had distinctive yellow irises, was clad in little clothing and interestingly enough, had a prehensile tail.

As Beatrice unfroze the image, the blue alien gave one last glance at the probe, before firing the arrow point-blank at the camera, whose transmission ended abruptly in a haze of static.

Jennifer, at his side, said in a hushed tone, ‘’Do you know the huge implications this discovery will bring? Entire religions and philosophies of thought would be toppled overnight with this discovery..’’

However, Walter totally ignored Jennifer’s concerns, his mind preoccupied with his coming fame and glory for the discovery. Succumbing to excitement, he grabbed the nearest phone and dialed the direct line to the RDA’s chairman. ‘’Greetings sir, I have found a discovery that has significant ramifications.. Yes, I know its 2am in the morning here, but trust me, this is worth it.”

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Wow this is great I'll see if I can write something myself in the future
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Maybe I should contribute... but I don't want to ruin your story again...
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thanks for posting Sir!

i´m going to read the whole thing tomorrow!

can i write another one?
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thanks for posting Sir!

i´m going to read the whole thing tomorrow!

can i write another one?
Ofcourse you can, the more the better
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Can I write Chapter Six?
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Can I write Chapter Six?
Please do XD,
send me the intel when your done, your contributions are what helped get this project off its feet in the first place
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Awesome! You'll get the next installment in a day or two. I have a paper for class to finish first though.
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Awesome! You'll get the next installment in a day or two. I have a paper for class to finish first though.
Please take all the time you need, its a done deal then.
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