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--> Displaying Message: ID# QEC 1865JN2013JB41

This is Captain Norton of the USS Pathfinder transmitting from 
the Gamma 1 Octantis system. We have arrived, in our assigned 
target system, 5 Earth days ago. However, shortly after 
leaving hyperspace we were ambushed by a rogue starship. Upon 
entering the star system our scanners alerted us to the 
presence of another vessel. Executive Officer Graf and I 
concluded that the ship must have been following us for quite 
some time, carefully staying out of the range of our radar. 
It jammed our radar while approaching us, firing its ion 
beam cannon toward our ship. Our shields successfully deflected 
its attack and we took evasive action, and in the process 
were able to strike the hull with a few blasts from our own 
cannon. It was at that moment that the ship was struck by a 
perfectly-timed meteoroid that tore through the cabin, 
depressurizing the vessel. We couldn't believe our eyes!
 
Upon identifying the ship and scavenging it for useful materials 
we discovered that the crew was human. We counted 23 casualties.
There were no survivors. We have identified the rogue vessel 
to be a 23rd-century, Destroyer-class ship, of Russian design. 
We found evidence in the crew's computer system log that the 
ship was hijacked by pirates 16 Earth years ago. I hope that 
the crew didn't have any friends in this region of the galaxy. 
On a side note, we have not detected any trace of the existence 
of any alien species in the galaxy. The Pathfinder has been 
programmed to continually scan the depths of space for a wide 
array of different radio signals and hasn't received or 
intercepted any communication signals that were flagged as being 
of possible alien origin so far. 

I now return to the subject of our mission to explore and 
colonize the galaxy. 2 Earth years ago, our crew of 75 men, 
women, and children were slowly awakened from our suspended 
animation by our ship's life support system. Upon stumbling 
out of my cryonic pod in a daze, I looked out of the window 
nearby and marvelled at the beautiful view of our new home 
star, Gamma 1 Octantis, with its bright-yellow glow radiating 
in the darkness of space. It doesn't appear much different than 
my memory of the appearance of Sol, but then again its been so 
long since I've seen Sol. Seeing Gamma 1 Octantis here, in its 
own system, was a much welcomed sight. Executive Officer Graf 
and I have reviewed our mission notes from the International 
Interstellar Colonization Organization. Our next objective is 
to explore the fifth planet orbiting Gamma 1 Octantis because 
deep-space scans indicated that it is likely suitable for human 
habitation. We have set course for the planet and will send 
another communication update of our progress at a later date.     

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