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Source Melchizedek.0294
β Hyi, 4th Planet
Ascension 00h 25m 45.07037s
Declination –77° 15′ 15.2860″
Distance 24.37ly
Equinox J2000.0 SOL
Year 3782, QEC adjusted

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Prezzi Adeyemi, Seriph Rhetorical Ecclesia
Melchizedek Serial 0294 Ecclesiastic Report

It has been 90 days since we received our transmission from
Shuttle 004. The shuttle was on its mission under the command of
Warrant Officer Jerome Somerset Pasani with support from
Specialist Sandy Regina Kroups. The transmission received at
Melchizedek was relayed automatically to the QEC, so it should be
present in the reports. As Seriph Rhetorical Ecclesia Prime and
acting commander of the exo-spermia of Beta Hydrii I have no
further insight or analysis to add to the recording.

We have little basis for understanding what took place and only
the ship transcription as evidence. After hearing deliberation on
the possibility of a scouting expedition to investigate the loss
of Shuttle 004 I have expressed my authority in denying that
course of action. Specialist First-class Stephanie Janssen has
brought forth formal objections to this decision. Her
documentation is in order and reflects the signatures of herself
and Specialist Second-class Brewer, and Navigator Hämäläinen.

Our task here is unchanged. Our priority is the safeguarding of
life, all life. This mission is paramount and any further risk to
investigate what happened between systems is unbalanced by the
understanding we might gain.

Regarding crew, morale has has taken a measurable hit. The
Halmen-Gloria scale shows a seven point negative shift. Shift
performance has decreased in expected relations, especially on the
beta site. Those who were closest to Kroups and Pasani are
undergoing psychiatric screening with special attention paid
toward Specialist First-class Janssen and Navigator Hämäläinen.
Following their ordeal in transit and the loss of the good Doctor
Idjani, this second tragic loss may prove a burden too great to be
sustained without significant intercession. To this end, Doctor
Nguyen has been retasked to the beta site to oversee testing and

On a more personal note I have been reminded that my friend Jerome
requested I send along some personal correspondence he had set
aside in case of an incident. While I cannot imagine he ever
thought something like this could occur, I will see to his wishes.
His personal logs have two messages marked which I will schedule
to be added to the QEC transmission over the next few cycles.

As with any loss of crew words cannot express the deeply personal
impact such an event will have on each of us nor fully capture the
deep loss for all of humanity and life. Each moment taken away is
a loss for all of life and God's creation. We must strive in the
days ahead to live that much brighter, each of us, and hope our
actions can do some small part to help offset a loss we all share.

We owe his memory this much and more.