Colonia Core Circuit Expedition 3302


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    TIMEFRAME

    Nov. 6th 3302 > Dec. 21st 3302

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    ROUTE

    Colonia > Sagittarius A* > Colonia

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    MODE

    Any / FleetComm PG recommended

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    OBJECTIVE

    Tour the Core and chart new nebulae

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    FLEET

    Open to all ships

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    STATUS

    Completed

Expedition Leader: Satsuma

Contact: Satsuma

Date Waypoint System Dist. Traveled Duration
6 NOV 3302 1: Jaques Station Eol Prou RS-T d3-94 0 N/A
11 NOV 3302 2: Simmic Kyloaln Kyloaln GR-W e1-5394 3,300 ly N/A
14 NOV 3302 3: Blue Lilies Nebula Dumbaa XJ-R e4-5596 6,400 ly 1 day
19 NOV 3302 4: Great Annihilator Great Annihilator 11,000 ly N/A
21 NOV 3302 5: Athaip Wisteria Athaip DW-N e6-3063 12,000 ly 1 day
25 NOV 3302 6: Amethyst Cloud Myriesly EC-B c27-381 15,000 ly 1 day
25 NOV 3302* 7: Sagittarius A* Sagittarius A* 15,600 ly 3 days
2 DEC 3302 8: Altum Sagittarii Nyuena JS-B d342 17,600 ly 1 day
5 DEC 3302 9: Inky Nebula Zunuae HL-Y e6903 20,600 ly N/A
8 DEC 3302 10: Copycat Nebula Phroi Flyuae MN-S e4-4719 23,200 ly N/A
12 DEC 3302 11: Aegel Wepae XE-Q e5-236 25,700 ly N/A
16 DEC 3302 12: La vie en Rose Screakou EW-N e6-5997 28,300 ly 1 day
18 DEC 3302 13: Céimnithe Nebula Kyloarph DV-Y e4134 30,100 ly N/A
21 DEC 3302 14: Jaques Station Eol Prou RS-T d3-94 32,900 ly N/A

*The Galactic Nebula Expedition is scheduled to reach Sagittarius A* on 26 November. We'll aim to reach it the day before, and stay through the 30th before continuing on.

No. Name Ship Class Jump Range Ship Name Platform Time Zone
1 Satsuma Asp Explorer 50 LY Strix PC/MAC UTC-8
2 Jason Thorpe Asp Explorer 30 LY WOJ-ALICE PC/MAC UTC
3 Vickershaft Anaconda -- LY PC/MAC UTC
4 Erimus Asp Explorer 44 LY Endeavour PC/MAC UTC
5 Fractal Shard Asp Explorer 52.32 LY FGES Avalon III PC/MAC UTC-6
6 Tharrn Asp Explorer 35 LY Infinity Loop PC/MAC UTC+1
7 Vegassimus Asp Explorer 45.74 LY Deep Universe 1 PC/MAC UTC+1
8 Zil Zalo Asp Explorer 32 LY Cleo PC/MAC
9 Gazer__ Python 18 LY Drof O'Ednom PC/MAC UTC
10 Karras Anaconda 50 LY Wanderlust Xbox UTC+1
11 Rudi Raumkraut Anaconda 57 LY Explonda PC/MAC UTC+1
12 Carpet Slippers Anaconda 39 LY Holy Trinity Xbox UTC+1
13 Mad-Max Cobra Mk III 33.4 LY Caitlyn PC/MAC UTC+2
14 Matthew Hansen Asp Explorer 42.97 LY PC/MAC UTC+1
15 Slkj Diamondback Explorer 34 LY Swordfish II Xbox UTC-5
16 Tea_Rex Python 38.5 LY Rex One PC/MAC UTC+10
17 Draco84oz Diamondback Explorer 31 LY CV Linebacker PC/MAC UTC+12
19 Justago Vulture 24 LY Iona PC/MAC UTC-8
20 vladde777 Asp Explorer 34.5 LY New Moon PC/MAC UTC+2
21 Walter Wall Python 20 LY PC/MAC UTC+1
22 Bob Dobilina Orca 23.8 LY H.M.S. Buffalol PC/MAC UTC+1
23 Wild Turkey Asp Explorer 30 LY The Lady Alice PC/MAC UTC+1
24 IAmBob224 Anaconda 44.09 LY The Aggregate PC/MAC UTC-5
25 Ethan Fawkes Asp Explorer 50 LY Sunyata I PC/MAC UTC+2
26 Una Karoshi Anaconda 43 LY The Sister Of Mercy II PC/MAC UTC+1
27 Dakeyras Asp Explorer 42 LY Waylander PC/MAC UTC
28 Waylander Anaconda 52 LY The Nightmare PC/MAC UTC+2
29 27duuude Diamondback Explorer 42 LY The Khun Cruiser PC/MAC UTC-5
30 Hikowa Dean Anaconda 35 LY RSC Pirate Oppai PC/MAC UTC
31 Drazkul Beluga 35.7 LY PC/MAC UTC
32 Heat Shield Vulture 27 LY Scavenger PC/MAC UTC
33 Cometborne Imperial Cutter 36 LY The Thrusted Whale PC/MAC UTC+1
34 SuperNovaGaming101 Asp Explorer 41 LY The Aurora PC/MAC UTC+1
35 Valiant Crick Diamondback Explorer 35.39 LY Meili PC/MAC UTC+10
36 Virgil Steel Asp Explorer 40.4 LY IEV Hunny PC/MAC UTC+2
37 Bovine Joney Anaconda 43 LY CSS De Soto PC/MAC UTC-5
38 Giulio Asp Explorer 33 LY PC/MAC UTC+1
39 Muthan Asp Explorer 44 LY PC/MAC UTC+1
40 MostlyAwol Anaconda 45 LY Ad Explorare PC/MAC UTC-5
41 Cyborgcow Asp Explorer 32 LY Chameleon PC/MAC UTC-5
42 Ysenm Anaconda 45.41 LY Star of Arion PC/MAC UTC-5
43 torked Anaconda 35 LY Atlas PC/MAC UTC-4
44 Durousseau Asp Explorer 37 LY Legacy of Sonnerat PC/MAC UTC-6
45 Lopin Forsythe Adder 22.89 LY Contessa PC/MAC UTC-5
46 Styxor Asp Explorer 35 LY PC/MAC UTC+2
47 Julian Winter Asp Explorer 47 LY Red Herring PC/MAC UTC
48 Agh42 Anaconda 47 LY ShuttleTyderium PC/MAC UTC+1
49 Speed Racer Viper Mk IV 34 LY Panda Bear PC/MAC UTC+10
50 grnbrg Asp Explorer 53.25 LY Paddle to the Sea PC/MAC UTC-6
51 IsraelZulu Asp Explorer 45 LY Artemis' Hind XBox UTC-5
52 Solko Eagle 28.45 LY Bird of Stray PC/MAC UTC+2
53 Jack Calrissian Imperial Courier 25.5 LY Stargazer PC/MAC UTC-8
54 Tomsgalaxy Diamondback Explorer 41.32 LY PC/MAC UTC
55 Acharn Imperial Courier 32 LY PC/MAC UTC-8
56 Andi8P Diamondback Explorer 45 LY Minmir PC/MAC UTC-1
57 Rabbit-HH [UGC] Asp Explorer 45 LY Vasco da Gama PC/MAC UTC+1
58 Myrton Grunwald Diamondback Explorer 46 LY ESS Vagabond PC/MAC UTC+1
59 Mira Hart Asp Explorer 47.25 LY Pancakes PC/MAC UTC+2
60 Karuv Sidewinder(!) 16.69 LY とうか (Touka) PC/MAC UTC+8
61 UncappingBadger Anaconda 38.89 LY Badgerconda PC/MAC UTC-1
62 Palandrose Asp Explorer 32 LY Boaty McBoatface PC/MAC UTC-5
63 Sleeping Insects Asp Explorer 28 LY PC/MAC UTC+3
64 Yujo Kameida Anaconda 42 LY Medea PC/MAC UTC
65 Kitsuniro Kuzuko Type-6 28.87 LY ISV Stargazer PC/MAC UTC-6
66 Tunotemetas Anaconda 50.46 LY The nightmare PC/MAC UTC+2
67 Ayschir Bakten Asp Explorer 42 LY ISEGRIMM PC/MAC UTC+1
68 BOSKO Asp Explorer 29.5 LY DSVE Honey Sweet PC/MAC UTC+1
69 May Asp Explorer 46 LY It was intentional! PC/MAC UTC-6
70 Gen '01' Mirai Diamondback Explorer 35.8 LY *Hello, Planet. PC/MAC UTC+10
71 Misty Genesis Asp Explorer 28 LY PC/MAC
72 Kit Ausland Sidewinder (!!) 17.88 LY Lyra PC/MAC UTC
73 Tom X Anaconda 56 LY Katie "the Crimson conda" PC/MAC UTC
74 Omurqi Anaconda 55 LY ISS Tanenbaum PC/MAC UTC+1
75 Aidan Abacus [UGC] Asp Explorer 24 LY Stargazer PC/MAC UTC-2
76 Ulysses Wolf Asp Explorer 30 LY Solar Wind PC/MAC UTC
77 Lapsang Twobob Asp Explorer 36 LY The Raul Duke PC/MAC UTC+1
78 BaronCrusher Diamondback Explorer 41.4 LY The Raul Duke PC/MAC UTC-8
79 AesFox Asp Explorer 35 LY AF Mulder PC/MAC UTC-4
80 Alesia Imperial Cutter 34 (?) LY Enterprise PC/MAC UTC-8
81 Vasquess Asp Explorer 40 LY Nugget PC/MAC UTC+1
82 Jand Asp Explorer 48.72 LY Victoria PC/MAC UTC+1
83 Dashy [UGC] Asp Explorer 47.98 LY Potasp PC/MAC UTC+1
84 ChemMasta Asp Explorer 32.1 LY Sir Francis Drake PC/MAC UTC-8
85 Michael Valentine Diamondback Scout 24.75 LY Boondock PC/MAC UTC-7
86 M3rlin2 Asp Explorer 41.4 LY The Monolith of Phobos PC/MAC UTC
87 Alaric Damien Anaconda 45 LY Blackwater PC/MAC UTC+5
88 Yeffie Asp Explorer 31.83 LY PC/MAC UTC-5
89 Conspiracy1955 Beluga 34.38 LY Star Light PC/MAC UTC
90 Kel Solaar Federal Corvette 29.18 LY FNS Tramontana PC/MAC UTC-5
91 zymel Asp Explorer 44 LY Pulaski PC/MAC UTC-7
92 T.B.Rad Asp Explorer 51.15 LY Mayflower PC/MAC UTC-5
93 Rainbro Imperial Clipper 35 LY Long Range Basker PC/MAC UTC
94 Nautilus930 [UGC] Anacodna 33.69 LY Freedom II PC/MAC UTC+1
95 Freedom II Beluga 32 LY The Low Rider PC/MAC UTC-6
96 Tenkk Asp Explorer 37.24 LY Aspirine PC/MAC UTC+9
97 Augustus Faraday Asp Explorer 42 LY Caelum Invictus PC/MAC UTC-4
98 BranchesOfSins Asp Explorer 33 LY Wonderlust PC/MAC UTC-6
99 Ground Stop Anaconda 36 LY PC/MAC UTC-5

Mission

The Colonia Core Circuit Expedition is an expedition departing from Jaques Station, traversing 33,000 light years to Sagittarius A*, and returning to Jaques Station. Along the way we shall see many of the beautiful sights in the Colonia Nebula area, the root of the near 3 kiloparsec arm, and the galactic bar itself. The timing of this expedition is arranged so that we shall rendezvous with the Galactic Nebula Expedition at Sagittarius A*, making history in two ways: First, the Colonia Core Circuit Expedition is the first fleet expedition to neither start, end, nor pass through the bubble. It is also the first fleet expedition to rendezvous with another major expedition in deep space.

Background

3302 has been an interesting year for explorers. While there have been private and semi-public expeditions in the past, 3302 marked the first truly large scale public expedition, Distant Worlds. This historic expedition introduced over a thousand explorers to the pleasures of long distance travel as part of a fleet. Since then, a number of public expeditions have sprung up, making 3302 the beginning of the Age of Expeditions. Explorers, normally a solitary lot, began to work together to a degree which had not been seen before.

It is exactly this new mindset which contributed to the overwhelming response to the loss and subsequent rediscovery of Jaques Station. Hundreds of pilots made the 22,000 light year trip, first to bring desperately needed supplies to the station and later to help establish the first truly extra-bubble outpost and society, the Colonia Citizen’s Network. As part of the CCN Exploration Wing, I have watched as CCN pilots have surveyed points of interest for many thousands of light years around the station, contributing valuable data to the Galactic Mapping Project, and making the Colonia Nebula area a first rate destination for explorers.

FAQ

  • What sort of ship should I bring?
    • The expedition is primarily a core expedition, which means that jump range doesn’t matter so much. The one exception is Altum Sagittarii, which requires a ship with at least a 33 ly jump range. Jumponium can be substituted, but a great deal will be required. Ships with lower jump ranges can skip this waypoint.
  • How fast must I travel?
    • The C3E is a sprint expedition, covering over 33,000 light years in under 2 months, including about a week total in basecamp layovers. While the rate of travel varies during the expedition, you should be comfortable putting in 8,000 light year weeks for this expedition.
  • That’s too fast!
    • Part of the reason this pacing was chosen was because of the rapid travel CCN explorers are used to, and part of it was to provide an alternative pacing to the GNE, which is traveling about half as fast. The GNE does depart Jaques Station on 29 Oct, arriving at Sagittarius A* on 26 November. You’re welcome to depart with them and follow either our route or theirs, meeting with us in the core for the trip back.

Many thanks to Erimus for permission to use Distant Worlds waypoints and screenshots, Qohen Leth for the logo, S. O’brien for scouting waypoints, the FGE, the CCN in general and the Exploration Wing for inspiration, and the exploration community as a whole for being awesome!

Flagship

You can’t be a real expedition without a fleet flagship, it seems, and the C3E is no different. In light of our dual status as both one of the smallest expeditions (by roster) while also being one of the most hardcore (as evidenced by the fact that you have to travel 22,000 light years just to get to the start of the expedition), I have chosen the flagship of the Colonia Core Circuit Expedition to be:

The Lyra

Piloted by CMDR Kit Ausland, another of the Outlander Challenge pilots who flew a Sidewinder from the bubble to Jaques Station with a fresh save, the Lyra replaces CMDR Mira Hart’s Nova. The Nova is currently in drydock at Jaques with a terrible case of space mange, and CMDR Hart has switched to her Asp Explorer, Pancakes.

If you see CMDR Ausland, please say hello!

Details about the GNE meetup

I am pleased to announce details of the Galactic Nebula Expedition meetup when we reach Sagittarius A*!

DATE: 26th November 3302
MEETUP TIME: 1800 UTC – 0 (1800 Gametime)

We will be meeting up with the fleet of the GNE in OPEN play. This will be a fantastic opportunity to meet up with other explorers, as well as being a historic moment, as this will be the first deep space rendezvous of two fleet expeditions. Our aim is to get as many explorers into one instance as possible for a GIANT group photo. Please keep an eye on the forums for more updates as we go.

See the Galactic Nebula Expedition thread for more details about that expedition.

The base camps for the two expeditions are less than 3 light years apart, and we’re slated to be at our basecamp for 3 days, so I’d like to encourage everyone to visit both basecamps, meet up with your fellow explorers, and have a good time in the galactic core.

Note on private groups: The recommended private group for the C3E is Fleetcomm, while the GNE is primarily using the EDEX private group. Both private groups are open to new explorers, so I would recommend that all C3E pilots apply to the EDEX private group (Private Group: atomicb0mb639) to make ad hoc meetups easier.

Here are the details of the two basecamps:

C3E Waypoint 7

Base Camp Designation : “Armstrong Landing”

Star System : Stuemeae KM-W C1-342
Planet/Moon : 1 B
Base Camp Surface Coordinates : 57.25 / 78.06
Surface Gravity : 0.08

Approx. distance traveled : 15,600 LYs
Distance to next waypoint : 2,000 LYs

GNE Waypoint 13

Base Camp Designation: Sagittaria Proxima

Star System : STUEMEAE FG-Y D8248

Planet : 5
Base Camp Surface Coordinates : -40.37 / 57.93
Surface Gravity : 0.82

Original thread by Satsuma here.

The Waypoints

 

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    Jaques Station

    Jaques Station

    Star System: EOL PROU RS-T d3-94

    Distance to next waypoint: 3,300 ly

    We begin at Jaques Station, in Eol Prou RS-T d3-94. Our path is a twisted string leading into the galactic core, up to the roof of the galaxy, and back to our starting point. In a month we will cover nearly 33,000 light years, and make history both as the first major expedition that neither starts, ends, nor passes through the bubble, as well as the first to rendezvous with another expedition in deep space. Along the way we will see many stunning sights, set down on some historically significant planets, and count coup on the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy. Fuel your ship, charge your FSD, we depart!

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    Simmic Kyloaln Nebula

    Simmic Koloaln Nebula

    Star System: KYLOALN GR-W e1-5394

    Distance to next waypoint: 3,000 ly

    Leaving Jaques Station, we head coreward to our first destination, the Simmic Kyloaln Nebula. This dramatic nebula is a supernova remnant expanding out from an embedded black hole. The view from within the nebula is stunning, with threads of glowing red gas mingling with darker areas through which the stars can be seen.

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    Blue Lilies Nebula

    The Blue Lilies Nebula

    Star System: DUMBAA PS-R c18-2660

    Distance to next waypoint: 4,600 ly

    The name of this small nebula centered on a neutron star has a double meaning: it partly represents the appearance of the nebula, resembling a pair of blue lilies, and partly gives notice to two nearby Earth-like Worlds, one of which is in the closest system to this. **DUMBAA PS-R C18-2660 6** is just 1.28 LY from the nebula and has a sky with spectacular blue and green colors. **DUMBAA PS-R C18-1220 B1** is 13.5 LY away and sees the nebula as a blue flower in a sky and white with the many stars of the Galactic Core – and the B3 planet is an Ammonia World, so other forms of life can also share in the view. Within the nebula itself the sky is an eerie green color.

    Base Camp Designation: Lovell Canyon | Planet/Moon: 10 A | Surface Coordinates: 44.53 / 4.91 | Gravity: 0.04

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    The Great Annihilator

    The Great Annihilator

    Star System: Great Annihilator

    Distance to next waypoint: 1,000 ly

    The Great Annihilator is a system containing two black holes. Great Annihilator A compresses approximately 198 solar masses within 0.0008 solar radii and Great Annihilator B contains about 66 solar masses within 0.003 solar radii. The black holes have five stars orbiting them. The Great Annihilator is one of the brightest gamma-ray sources found in the Milky Way Galaxy. It produces massive amounts of pairs of photons at 511 keV, which usually indicates the annihilation of an electron-positron pair (thus, the name). The Great Annihilator also has a radio source counterpart which emits jets that are about three light years long. These jets are probably synchrotron emissions from positron-electron pairs streaming out at high velocities from the source of antimatter.

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    Athaip Wisteria Nebula

    Athaip Wisteria Nebula

    Star System: Athaip CR-C B55-4

    Distance to next waypoint: 1,000 ly

    One of the Distant Worlds waypoints, this blue coloured ejecta cloud nebula surrounding a black hole sits toward the southern edge of the galactic core regions. The nebula itself has no planets to land on but a visit to the system is worth it just to see the gravitational effects on the blue glowing ejecta cloud. Our base camp is in a neighboring system.

    Base Camp Designation: Mt Hillary | Planet/Moon: 2 C | Surface Coordinates: -15.82 / -72.29 | Gravity: 0.012

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    The Amethyst Cloud

    The Amethyst Cloud

    Star System: MYRIESLY EC-B c27-381

    Distance to next waypoint: 600 ly

    Another Distant Worlds waypoint, this is one of several close proximity stellar remnant ejecta nebula within the Myriesly Sector. The Amethyst Cloud being one of the most colorful. We’re less that 600 LYs from Sagittarius A* now so our stay at this nebula will be brief as we prepare for the galactic core gathering.

    Base Camp Designation: Tereshkova’s Ridge | Planet/Moon: AB 3 B | Surface Coordinates: -70.26 / 47.59 | Gravity: 0.003

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    Sagittarius A*

    Somewhere near Sagittarius A*

    Star System: STUEMEAE KM-W C1-342

    Distance to next waypoint: 2,000 ly

    KEY EVENT – FLEET RENDEZVOUS WITH THE GALACTIC NEBULA EXPEDITION AT THE GALACTIC CORE

    Here we visit Sagittarius A* – the famous supermassive blackhole at the centre of the galaxy. The closest star systems are less than a light year away and it is at one of them where our core base camp is situated – an ideal staging post to prepare for the exploration of the Milky Way’s heart. We will be making an extended stay at this Distant Worlds basecamp as we make our rendezvous with the Galactic Nebula Expedition. A trip to the roof of the galactic core awaits after this!

    Base Camp Designation: Armstrong Landing | Planet/Moon: 1 B | Surface Coordinates: 57.25 / 78.06 | Gravity: 0.08

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    Altum Sagittarii

    Altum Sagittarii

    Star System: NYUENA JS-B D342

    Distance to next waypoint: 3,000 ly

    For our final Distant Worlds waypoint, we’re heading to the roof of the galaxy, some 2,000 LYs directly above Sag-A*. From our base camp vantage point we get a spectacular view of the expansive galactic core regions below us. An awe-inspiring site that only a few have witnessed first hand. For larger FSD-ranged ships with J3 Jumponium, an optional excursion to Altum Sagittarii “Prime” is available for those who have the time. Sagittarii “Prime” is situated a further 870 LYs above our designated base camp system!Note: While most of the route is accessible to low jump range ships, Altum Sagittarii requires at least a 33 ly jump range, or a great deal of Jumponium. Low jump range ships are encouraged to skip this optional waypoint.

    Base Camp Designation: Gagarin’s Reach | Planet/Moon: 4 F A | Surface Coordinates: -66.88 / -96.00 | Gravity: 0.06

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    Inky Nebula

    Star System: ZUNUAE HL-Y e6903

    Distance to next waypoint: 3,000 ly

    Leaving the galactic center, we’re now making our way back towards Jaques Station. Our first stop is the ‘North’ Zunuae Nebula. Nicknamed the “Inky Nebula”, Zunuae is a small purple nebula situated on the near edge of the galactic bar.

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    Copycat Nebula

    Copycat Nebula

    Star System: PHROI FLYUAE MN-S e4-4719

    Distance to next waypoint: 2,600 ly

    This blue planetary nebula, produced by a newly formed neutron star, looks very much like its neighboring nebula. Two blue glowing orbs of dust and heavy elements engulf a nearby k-class star, and a few systems in the area.

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    Aegel

    Aegel

    Star System: WEPAE XE-Q E5-236

    Distance to next waypoint: 2,600 ly

    We’ve left the core behind and are making our way back through the western neutron fields. Passing through the gap between the galactic bar and the near 3 kiloparsec arm, we come across Aegel. A beautiful blue planetary nebula surrounding a neutron star, commanders should exercise caution jumping into this system.

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    La Vie En Rose

    La Vie En Rose

    Star System: SCREAKOU EW-N e6-5997

    Distance to next waypoint: 1,800 ly

    Near the root of the Norma Arm, we come across another stunning planetary nebula. La Vie en rose is a beautiful nebula, blue from the outside but shining pink inside, expanding from a central neutron star.

    Base Camp Designation: To be named (contest!) | Planet/Moon: 2 A | Surface Coordinates: -37.30 / -145.45 | Gravity: 0.29

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    Céimnithe Nebula

    Céimnithe Nebula

    Star System: KYLOARPH DV-Y e4134

    Distance to next waypoint: 2,800 ly

    Our final deep space waypoint of the expedition, this planetary nebula located 2813.36 ly from Jaques on the way to the Galactic Core. Its dual blue orbs radiate out from its central Neutron star which is joined by three other stars (one A and two K class) each of the four featuring its own solar system totaling at 50 objects in the system (asteroid belts included). The view inside the nebula is awe inspiring. Every shade of blue and purple color the entire galaxy from here, making the vacuum of space feel like the comforting waves of the ocean.

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    Expedition Conclusion

    Colonia Nebula

    Star System: EOL PROU RS-T d3-94

    Distance to the bar: 350 m

    The expedition ends where it began, at Jaques Station in Eol Prou RS-T d3-94. In the month we have been out, we have seen many beautiful sights, visited some locations of historical significance, counted coup on the galactic core, and made history ourselves. Never before has a major expedition been conducted that did not start, end, or pass through the bubble. Never before has a major expedition rendezvoused with another expedition in deep space.