The Voyages of Curio

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Published on: October 14, 2012

After two months of travel, the multi-probe named ‘Curio’ has finally landed on the nearest planet of the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy. Curio’s landing marks a giant leap forward in the exploration of worlds beyond our own galaxy, and it has brought hope that one day humanity will colonize new worlds in new stretches of space.

While the advances humanity has made are varied and vast, they are confined to our own galaxy. Exploring nearby galaxies like the Canis Major Dwarf has always captured the popular imagination. However, due to vast distances between us and even our closest neighbors, true scientific explorations of these worlds have been impossible. While issues with distance still remain, new generation probes have been able to provide complex analysis of alien environments. And the Curio, created by the Kroy Astronomical Space Association (KASA) and financed by the Kroy baronies, is the most technologically advanced probe to date.

This is not the first probe sent to the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy. Curio is the seventh vessel to land on one of the Canis Major Dwarf worlds. The first probe was the Seafarer, sent during the 8th Dynasty. After landing, the equipment of the time was effected by the world’s atmosphere. The technology needed to do a true evaluation of the surface was decades away. Seafarer was able to collect a few dusty green photographs and some essential data, but it could not provide scientists with all the critical data they needed.

Many believe all that has changed with Curio. A six booster system allows it to work on rocky and smooth terrain. A remote laser cutter system allows the composition of soil samples to be tested, as they are being collected. Seventeen different cameras can photograph everything from the most barren alien vistas, all the way to the minutest grains of dust.

And Curio’s journey has been documented extensively on KASA’s website, allowing anyone interested in their progress to log in and see what top Kroy scientists are seeing. Hundreds of people each day log onto KASA’s site and watch as Curio does such things as sift shiny dirt and examine its own booster tracks.

The information being sent back to the Kroy system has Elite scientists, pro-colonization advocates, and amateur science buffs from every system watching with rapt interest. Baronet Ebaj’s decision to indefinitely ground future manned explorations beyond the galactic heliosphere was not a popular one. The development of Curio shows that Ebaj is still taking a vested interest in space exploration, and it shows that the technology to send humans through vast reaches of space may only be a few years away.

 

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