The fabric of space rippled around the cylindrical single pilot spacecraft christened ISV Boone as it soared to its interception point in the infinite void to study the ancient mysteries of a maverick comet that harborlessly roamed the cosmos. Commander Ash Phillips received an incoming transmission from Control that upon his return the program participant would be honorarily reassigned to a branch of ground duty because he reached the maximum age of eligibility to conduct space explorations in the Corps of Discovery. The shiny prototype scout vessel’s computer Haviland monitored her captain’s stressed medicals and inquired if nourishment would be in order.

“The coffee's on me,” a smile pulled at the earth-man's lips.

Spacecraft in starfield

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