Conversation with #st_missionroom1 at Wed May 3 20:56:50 2017 on VAdmBlackthorne@chat.startrekengage.com (irc)
(21:15:08) VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(21:15:10) VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(21:15:13) VAdmBlackthorne: BEGIN SIM
(21:15:33) VAdmBlackthorne: :: in the ready room, putting the finishing touches on a few things ::
(21:15:51) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: reading through the most recent data on the nebula ::
(21:16:58) NAV_Capt_Harper: :: noting their endpoint is relatively close to Earth as the clock ticks down to their arrival::
(21:16:59) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: stands at his post on the Bridge monitoring the shields ::
(21:18:07) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: is holding down the Bridge as usual when Blackthorne's in his ready room ::
(21:18:43) NAV_Capt_Harper: XO: Captain, we exit slipstream in ten minutes.
(21:19:45) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Is at the ENG console, mulling over system reports.::
(21:20:00) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: glances up only momentarily from what she's doing at Harper's announcement :: NAV: Thank you.
(21:20:47) MED_Ens_Tailor: ::is in sickbay, doing reports and other routine things since there's no more patients at the moment.::
(21:20:57) NAV_Capt_Harper: :: will be watching the transition closely, as she's never seen what a ship would do exiting slipstream into a nebula... hell, no one has ::
(21:21:33) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: quickly crunching numbers based on nebula density and particle composition with applied slipstream theory ::
(21:22:26) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: has already done this computation multiple times in the past few hours, but there are so many unknowns... ::
(21:22:43) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: can't help but be nervous at Blackthorne's decision as well, but attempts to busy herself so passing the time isn't quite as...uncomfortable ::
(21:24:04) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: All: I wonder if it will be like warping within an atmosphere... ::Mutters aloud::
(21:24:56) NAV_Capt_Harper: XO: Five minutes to slipstream exit.
(21:25:23) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: sends the combined computational results to T'Kirr :: XO: Captain T'Kirr, since we have no real data... well, my results are inconclusive. The best I can do is a 30% probability of no ill effects.
(21:25:37) VAdmBlackthorne: :: queues a direct transmission to send as soon as they exit, and prepares another, larger packet onto a PADD for later dissemination ::
(21:27:03) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: CSO: That sounds exciting! ::Is unnervingly enthusiastic.::
(21:27:27) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: perks an eyebrow at Wright's conclusion ::
(21:28:06) XO_Capt_TKirr: *CO* Admiral to the Bridge. We exit slipstream in three minutes.
(21:28:15) CSO_LCdr_Wright: ENG: And a 20% probability of complete quantum dispersal upon exiting slipstream.
(21:28:25) VAdmBlackthorne: *XO* Acknowledged. On my way.
(21:29:19) VAdmBlackthorne: :: stands, Picard-maneuvers, and takes the PADD with him out onto the bridge ::
(21:29:31) CSO_LCdr_Wright: ENG: I suppose there are worse ways to die than becoming so many subatomic particles that make up the protostellar cloud.
(21:29:46) VAdmBlackthorne: :: overhears :: CSO: Problems, Commander?
(21:30:49) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: starts, having not noticed the Admiral before she spoke :: CO: Ah, Sir, simply explaining the results of my computation, Sir, you should have them on your console as well. It may be fine, but it may not... I simply can't say for certain.
(21:30:53) NAV_Capt_Harper: :: doesn't look up from her console, eyes fixed on the readings ::
(21:30:58) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: CSO: I think I always imagined going that way. Maybe once upon a time getting eating by wild Sehlats, but... being cosmic ash is poetic.
(21:31:21) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: glances at T'Lira ::
(21:31:41) VAdmBlackthorne: ENG: We're all made of star stuff, after all. But we'll be fine.
(21:31:46) VAdmBlackthorne: :: takes his seat ::
(21:31:55) NAV_Capt_Harper: CO: One minute to slipstream exit.
(21:32:12) VAdmBlackthorne: All hands, brace for a bumpier than usual return to normal space.
(21:32:35) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: notifies all hands on the shipwide, trying not to sound nervous ::
(21:32:47) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: braces her hands on her armrests, her full attention now on their slipstream exit ::
(21:33:11) NAV_Capt_Harper: Bridge: Thirty seconds. :: wraps her legs around the chair ::
(21:33:23) MED_Ens_Tailor: ::looks up as the slipstream notifications come up on her console and braces for the exit..::
(21:33:25) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: checks the shields again, just to be safe... ish ::
(21:33:38) NAV_Capt_Harper: Bridge: Ten, nine, eight, seven...
(21:33:48) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: CO: Who said we weren't going to be fine. ::Smiles, and nods to Wright.:: And... probabilities be damned.
(21:34:11) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: poised to collect all the data ::
(21:34:29) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: it's always exciting to get new data, even when you might die ::
(21:36:20) VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> Atlantis exits slipstream in the Orion Nebula with a bit of a jolt, throwing things around some, but otherwise unscathed.
(21:36:54) NAV_Capt_Harper: :: rocks back and forth with the jolt, quickly checking readings ::
(21:37:18) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: holds still a moment after the jolt, waiting to see if anything else unpleasant will happen, but she finally relaxes and checks her scanner output ::
(21:37:23) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: omg collecting data, revising calculations, already planning the paper she's going to write to contribute actual data to something that was previously only theoretical ::
(21:38:07) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: All: No smithereens today.
(21:38:32) NAV_Capt_Harper: CO: Normal space achieved. Drift is 1.5 AU. No off-nominal readings from the drive.
(21:38:42) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Self: They'll have to update the simulations...
(21:38:52) VAdmBlackthorne: :: looks around, having held on to his chair :: All: Any damage to report?
(21:39:18) XO_Capt_TKirr: NAV: Well done.
(21:39:32) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: under her breath :: Self: Only to the Wexler hypothesis..
(21:39:37) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: CO: A few reports coming in. All minor.
(21:39:58) NAV_Capt_Harper: XO: Thank you, Captain.
(21:40:55) VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> Once we exit slipstream, the queued message is sent from the ready room.
(21:41:07) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: CO: I believe we broke the good china, but other than that, main power and drive systems appear nominal.
(21:41:36) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: notices the outbound communication, just barely, and glances back at the Admiral as if to ask if that was expected without words ::
(21:42:15) VAdmBlackthorne: :: nods to Wright, knowing she caught it because of course she did ::
(21:42:48) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: reassured, goes back to her giddy collection of BRAND NEW DATA ::
(21:44:55) NAV_Capt_Harper: CO: We appear to have emerged near a proto-stellar body. Adjusting velocity to maintain an orbit.
(21:45:16) NAV_Capt_Harper: :: as it was pulling us toward it with its significant gravitational tug ::
(21:46:08) VAdmBlackthorne: CSO: On screen.
(21:46:41) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: complies and looks up at screen with interest ::
(21:47:47) VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> The massive ball of swirling, churning hydrogen appears on screen, flashes of light coming from beneath the clouds.
(21:48:49) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Self: Oooo. :: frees up some sensors to collect readings ::
(21:48:56) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: watches the pretty visuals on screen ::
(21:49:06) NAV_Capt_Harper: :: brings Atlantis into a very high orbit around it since you really don't have a choice but to orbit something that massive, unless you want to leave or land ::
(21:49:42) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: gazes over at the screen, noting the view and doing some theorizing ::
(21:50:06) VAdmBlackthorne: XO: Would you look at that.
(21:50:19) XO_Capt_TKirr: CO: Indeed.
(21:51:14) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Self: Oh my. Bridge: The proto-stellar body we are currently orbiting is approaching the fusion threshold. ...Or, to put it simply, that thing is gonna light up in a big way soon.
(21:51:47) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Bridge: And I don't mean soon in astronomical time, I mean.. by dinnertime.
(21:51:59) VAdmBlackthorne: CSO: You mean, we literally get to witness the birth of a star?
(21:52:14) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: That's what the sensors tell me, Admiral.
(21:52:15) NAV_Capt_Harper: :: satisfied that everything is alright with their orbit, at that comment, she looks up at the screen and watches ::
(21:52:52) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: turns her head to look at Wright a moment. It's a good day to be at Science ::
(21:53:06) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: Pretty sure that means you get to name it, Sir. :: smirks ::
(21:53:09) VAdmBlackthorne: :: looks over at T'Kirr :: Has that ever been directly witnessed?
(21:53:43) VAdmBlackthorne: CSO: Let's see if it's a boy or a girl first. :: smirks ::
(21:53:50) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: frees up the entire Science sensor allotment and points it at the nascent star ::
(21:54:05) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: watches the sensor readouts and makes notes ::
(21:54:42) XO_Capt_TKirr: CO: If it has, there is no record that I am aware of. :: voice somewhat awed ::
(21:56:20) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: begins capturing and recording livestream data input and visuals ::
(21:56:51) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: It's gonna grow up to be a yellow dwarf main sequence star, Sir, you must be so proud. :: grins ::
(21:57:24) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: Self: And I thought... I would never get to see it. ::Staring at the viewscreen in awe.::
(21:57:37) VAdmBlackthorne: CSO: I should hand out cigars. :: chuckles, hoping this isn't actually detremental to their plans, but the historic nature of this observation is too good to pass up ::
(21:57:40) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: stares at the main viewer, the statistical probability of exiting slipstream directly next to such an unlikely event boggling her mind ::
(21:58:40) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: CO: There are only a handful... of people in the entire galaxy, who have ever seen a starburst first hand.
(21:58:58) MED_Ens_Tailor: ::steps off of the turbolift from sickbay, sits down at her console, staring at the main viewer::
(21:59:54) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: CO: All of them are either extremely old, or even more deluded than that. ::Smiles.::
(22:00:02) VAdmBlackthorne: ENG: Indeed. See if you can boost sensor power and resolution to cut through this nebular interference.
(22:01:05) NAV_Capt_Harper: :: curiosity getting the better of her, she manages to restrain herself from flitting from station to station and instead looks over the incoming data that Lexy's churning through ::
(22:02:30) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Nods.:: CO: I wouldn't miss any of this for the world Admiral. ::Gets to work redistributing power to the sensors.::
(22:03:18) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: is very excited to get more sensor power, mobilizes Science Lab 1 personnel and starts feeding them the live raw inputs for analysis ::
(22:03:40) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: gives an excited look to T'Lira, knowing she's getting it too ::
(22:03:45) VAdmBlackthorne: CSO: Commander, you have authority over ship's systems in order to document this. Any power you need, any people you need, use them. This is so incredibly improbable that we can't miss anything.
(22:04:13) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: taking notes over the data and cross-checking it with current data that exists on this sort of thing, very focused on her screens as she analyzes ::
(22:04:52) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: Yes, Sir! Thank you, Sir! :: immediately mobilizes the entire Science staff and dedicates processing power and data storage for the stellar birth ::
(22:05:50) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: knows even the night shift would want to be woken up for this ::
(22:05:50) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: keeps glancing down at her generalized sensor output and looking back to the viewscreen. She will undoubtedly find time in the future to go over the sensor data Wright is collecting ::
(22:06:23) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: wonders if she could use this as thesis material for that Ph.D. she keeps meaning to get... ::
(22:06:35) NAV_Capt_Harper: :: brings up some more of the data on the helm console, quite curious ::
(22:06:53) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: notes that anything that would be a threat to Atlantis would be a threat to themselves, and donates any power needed to science. ::
(22:07:01) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: CSO: Could the metaphasic shielding formula we used, be applicable here commander? Perhaps for some probes?
(22:07:18) VAdmBlackthorne: XO: We are roughly 1350 light years from Earth. They will notice this and dispatch a science vessel.
(22:07:19) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: The entire Science staff is working on this, Sir, with all available lab resources.
(22:08:00) CSO_LCdr_Wright: ENG: Yes! Probes! That would be ideal, can it be done? How close can we get before the transmission would become garbled?
(22:08:03) XO_Capt_TKirr: CO: Undoubtedly. We can only remain here so long.
(22:08:25) VAdmBlackthorne: XO: Perhaps, perhaps not. Depends on which ship they send.
(22:08:31) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: not listening, marshaling forces ::
(22:09:17) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: glances away from the screen to peer at Blackthorne, then ponders his words ::
(22:09:30) VAdmBlackthorne: :: has a list and has checked it thrice ::
(22:10:00) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Bridge: Current calculations show that fusion could begin anytime in the next six hours, but certainly no more than that.
(22:10:18) CSO_LCdr_Wright: Bridge: Well.. as certain as I can possibly be with only theoretical data.
(22:10:19) VAdmBlackthorne: :: tunes back in to the other conversation :: Closeness aside, we could expand our sensor resolution and coverage with a web of probes around the star.
(22:11:18) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: CO/CSO: On it. :: prepares the torpedo tubes to take the probes.
(22:11:18) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: CSO: I assume most probes have shielding of some kind anyway, I dont see why they couldn't too utilise a metaphasic shield frequency.
(22:11:49) CSO_LCdr_Wright: ENG: :: anxious :: How soon can we deploy them? This could happen anytime..
(22:12:02) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: looks at Wolfe as well ::
(22:13:43) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: CSO/ENG: I'm ready for whatever configuration you need. I have a crew standing by as though we were waiting for torpedos at war.
(22:14:34) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: CSO: I recall the exact solution we used aboard the USS Aquila, some tweaks to the formula with be doubtful required, but... quickly with your assistance. ::Smiles, and begins typing.::
(22:14:58) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: *undoubtedly
(22:15:32) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: offers whatever assistance she can, eager to get the probe web operational, like, yesterday ::
(22:15:54) NAV_Capt_Harper: CO: A polar orbit would allow for more efficient dispersal of the probes, Admiral.
(22:16:02) VAdmBlackthorne: NAV: Indeed. Change inclination.
(22:16:12) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: gives Kate a grateful look ::
(22:17:20) NAV_Capt_Harper: :: plots the maneuver as she smiles at Lexy, knowing she's in heaven and is glad to help how she can ::
(22:18:02) NAV_Capt_Harper: :: orients Atlantis anti-normal to their orbit and engages the impulse engines until they're in a polar orbit ::
(22:18:13) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: CSO: As you noted this star will soon be very much like Sol, yet it is not yet. It is fluctuating. I require dynamic equations of star's magnetic and gravitational flux.
(22:19:18) CSO_LCdr_Wright: ENG: Stand by...... :: quickly assembles the equations based on the data collected so far and tests ::
(22:20:00) NAV_Capt_Harper: CO: Polar orbit achieved.
(22:20:05) VAdmBlackthorne: NAV: Thank you.
(22:20:28) CSO_LCdr_Wright: ENG: Give these a whirl. :: sends them to his console ::
(22:20:48) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: CSO: Even though it will change drastically, the shield harmonics should compensate... although I cannot say up until what point.
(22:22:34) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Types a bunch of other things into the console, before nodding.:: CSO/CTO: Yes...yes. Good. They should be ready. And with their cumulative data input, they should be able to aid each one last a little longer.
(22:22:38) CSO_LCdr_Wright: ENG: Collecting the first moments of fusion would be.... ........ :: is lost in the wonderfulness of that thought ::
(22:24:07) NAV_Capt_Harper: :: again satisfied with their orbit, she diverts her attention to looking at incoming data ::
(22:24:12) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: takes Ilaihr's schematics and sends them to the armory with a STAT order ::
(22:24:24) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: finds a flurry of activity across the ship whether people are being dispatched to duty or just simply wanting to watch, and she takes a moment here and there to monitor from her small screen to the side ::
(22:24:57) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: CSO/CTO: Like a group of space bees if you will. ::Chuckles.::
(22:25:33) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: pointedly ignores that comment ::
(22:25:47) MED_Ens_Tailor: ::Keeping an eye on radiation levels as they orbit the star, making sure they're not dangerously high::
(22:26:08) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: launches the the probes as they become available :: CSO: First probes ready. I assume you don't mind me sending them out before notifying you. And two more away.
(22:27:34) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CTO: Yes, thank you! :: looking eagerly at the probe web forming, anticipating the delicious dataaaaa ::
(22:27:52) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: continues to build that web, two probes at a time ::
(22:27:58) VAdmBlackthorne: :: just oversees, letting the experts in their fields do their things ::
(22:30:47) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: CSO: How do they fair, commander? ::Smiles.::
(22:30:57) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: sends off the next two probes, and thinks for a moment about doing a trick shot when the next are ready, deciding against it ::
(22:31:32) CSO_LCdr_Wright: ENG: The web is being built... there's a bit of transit and maneuver time involved.
(22:32:54) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: sends more probes, and more ::
(22:35:18) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Watches the fascination on Wright's face, smiling at her joy and excitement.::
(22:36:21) VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> The temperature in the star's core finally rises enough from the immense pressure, causing two hydrogen atoms to fuse, followed by many more.
(22:37:29) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: has just finished putting out the forty-second probe when the fusion takes place ::
(22:38:15) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: finds herself holding her breath and watches the main viewer, knowing sensors is getting it all ::
(22:39:22) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: gets the readings :: Bridge: Fusion.. :: breathless :: Fusion has begun!
(22:39:35) VAdmBlackthorne: :: looks up at the main viewer ::
(22:40:02) NAV_Capt_Harper: :: stops looking at the data, knowing it's all recorded, wanting to see this with her own eyes ::
(22:40:04) SCI_Lt_TLira: :: turns her attention to the viewer, her notes forgotten for a moment ::
(22:40:08) MED_Ens_Tailor: ::looks at the main viewer with fascination::
(22:41:01) VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> The reaction at the core quickly becomes vislble as it expands somewhat, causing the outer layers to turn to plasma.
(22:41:38) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: watching the data stream, which is far far more thrilling to her ::
(22:42:33) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: keeps her eyes trained on the viewscreen, watching the amazing event as it happens ::
(22:42:52) VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> The hydrogen plasma spreads throughout the new star's atmosphere, igniting first in fingery tendrils through the roiling clouds, slowly covering the visible sphere, making it brighter and brighter.
(22:43:17) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: glances up at the viewscreen, down at console, up at screen... ::
(22:43:51) NAV_Capt_Harper: :: eyes wide as the spectacle unfolds on the viewer ::
(22:44:11) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: watches. Even he can't hide the fact that he finds this interesting. ::
(22:45:12) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: fascinated by how the readings correspond with the visuals ::
(22:46:22) VAdmBlackthorne: XO: Perhaps it will be a symbol of a rekindled Starfleet.
(22:48:24) VAdmBlackthorne: ACTION> The plasma created from a result of the fusion at the core finally covers the entire sphere, beginning its slow process of subduction to the core to eventually fuse. The star stabilizes into a process it will sustain for eons to come.
(22:48:58) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Finds himself darting between the visuals and watching the multitude of reactions as normal, but also just thinks to himself and enters an area of his mind he seldom ventures to; a memory and a promise, that at least he got to keep.::
(22:49:39) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: doesn't take her eyes from the screen, but she finds Blackthorne's allegorical theory unusual for him, and she can't help but wonder if he's serious or not ::
(22:50:43) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: exchanging exuberant messages with the Science lab teams ::
(22:51:01) VAdmBlackthorne: :: of course, he doesn't believe in omens, but this reminder of their true mission does give some measure of hope for their success ::
(22:55:17) NAV_Capt_Harper: :: smiles as she looks down from the normal-looking star that she still was in awe at having witnessed transform from a giant ball of gas ::
(22:55:58) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: stares at giant ball of gas that is slowly fusing into a giant ball of a different gas ::
(22:56:03) XO_Capt_TKirr: :: watches with admiration and immense curiosity at the star's visual changes. She will likely never see this again, but she will for sure watch the video over and over ::
(22:56:33) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: glances down to make sure the telemetry is registering properly from all 42 probes ::
(22:58:23) MED_Ens_Tailor: ::will probably tell her children or grandchildren about this one day... ::
(22:58:46) VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM
(22:58:47) VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM
(22:58:48) VAdmBlackthorne: PAUSE SIM