>PROSPERO network open/general/secpro: null/xprospero
>SUBJECT: Incoming Probe Data...
Attention all crew. As per consensus, we're dropping Probe #7 into the atmosphere. The probe's trajectory will overfly all three of the proposed landing sites. I've chosen a local time of just after dawn, as the lengthy shadows will make it easier to spot features on the ground.
Decelerating probe now. Alas poor #7. Firing braking thrusters and running live camera feed through to the C-Links.
The probe cuts through the pre-dawn sky above the western archipelago. It breaks through the thin clouds over a wide purple-blue ocean. The surf shimmers in the rosy light. For a moment, you catch a glimpse of something huge moving through the waters - an island-sized mass of globules, like giant frogspawn, then it vanishes under the waves. The colour of the water changes as the probe overflies the shallows. There's Site A, with birds (or something winged, anyway) circling above that's washed up on the shore. A long sandy spit extends east from the island, and the camera picks up long shadows from animals crossing the spit. They looked almost humanoid, but the probe flickers past them in an instant.
>external hull temperature critical pressure critical maincam fail!
The camera goes dead for an instant, then a lower-resolution backup camera comes online. You're over the jungle now. A waypoint flickers to one side, showing you the location of Site B, the jungle plateau. The probe's over two hundred kilometers west of it. The scale of the jungle flora is staggering - some of those trees are a hundred metres tall at least. A snake-like thing coils around one trunk and stares up at the probe as it flies past.
The camera swivels around in an attempt to catch another image of the huge snake-like creature, but there's too much foliage in the way. You do see odd white structures or growths hanging from the canopy in several places.
>hull breach! total system failure! uplink error!
The probe's tumbling now, and you get a cavalcade of images instead of a continuous feed. There's a mountain lake, surrounded by strands of green rock. There's a snowy plain, with dozens of round domes scattered across it. There's a hillside with remarkably regular holes bored into its side. And there's the landing site, a wide valley scraped flat by the passage of some ancient glacier. A winding river trickles through it, and you catch a final glimpse of another flyer as the probe smashes into the valley wa
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Ow! Sorry about that, folks. Some data overspill into the c-link there. I'll run a diagnostic. Anyway, Science can start going through the data and we should be able to extract better-quality images shortly. Construction of the heat shield is on schedule, and we'll be aerobraking in three days time.
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