Conversation with #st_missionroom1 at Wed Mar 28 20:53:44 2018 on CaptHarper@chat.startrekengage.com (irc)
(21:15:52) CO_CaptHarper: BEGIN SIM
(21:15:53) CO_CaptHarper: BEGIN SIM
(21:15:54) CO_CaptHarper: BEGIN SIM
(21:16:39) CO_CaptHarper: :: is in her ready room, sitting on the desk as she goes through a PADD with the latest news from SFHQ ::
(21:17:06) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: continues monitoring the shield geometrics. ::
(21:17:12) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: lies on her chair on the Bridge, because she never sits in Harper's chair. That would be awkward ::
(21:18:06) NAV_LtJGNavarro: :: at the helm, monitoring the slipstream flight telemetry, which is nominal ::
(21:19:09) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Monitoring the recently repaired sections from his spot on the bridge.::
(21:19:15) CO_CaptHarper: :: cannot help but to smirk at Blackthorne's latest "be careful" in the communiques ::
(21:19:56) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::sitting in her office, tapping her teeth as she tries to finalize a report on the lifeforms that they saw on the planet. Still stuck on a name for that saucereyed creature.. And then there's the bats, and the fungi.. and a few antlike things she saw hauling a huge fruit down a hole.. ::
(21:20:18) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: monitors ship systems, reflecting on how just a few days ago, the ship almost blew up ::
(21:20:27) NAV_LtJGNavarro: :: idly wonders if the Doc ever named that animal she found ::
(21:22:47) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::the lemur creature reminded her of aye ayes back on Earth..::
(21:23:22) CO_CaptHarper: :: knows he was concerned over the report she sent on the filaments, so she was happy to provide the update that the repairs went well and they are pressing on ::
(21:24:27) NAV_LtJGNavarro: XO: Commander, we'll exit slipstream flight in fifteen minutes.
(21:24:47) XO_LCdr_Kuari: NAV: Thank you, Lieutenant.
(21:25:51) NAV_LtJGNavarro: XO: This will be as close as we can get with the slipstream drive, as well.
(21:26:20) XO_LCdr_Kuari: NAV: Exciting, isn't it? :: grins broadly ::
(21:26:34) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::stands up and stretches, she'll come up with names eventually::
(21:26:47) NAV_LtJGNavarro: :: turns, flashing his trademark charming grin :: XO: You know it.
(21:27:03) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: stretches her neck upwards and looks towards Ilaihr :: ENG: Mr. Ilaihr, everything looking okay? The repairs are good?
(21:28:18) SCI2_Ens_Jude: :: Linxi is standing in sickbay in her underwear, red and splotchy all over, a result of neglecting any skin protectant during the shore leave :: Self: ow.
(21:29:18) SCI_LCdr_TLira: :: at her station, reviewing the data collected from their recent discoveries, sorting and classifying all of it into the ship's databases for future use ::
(21:29:22) NAV_LtJGNavarro: :: turns back to the telemetry on the helm, glad to see it still nominal ::
(21:30:08) CO_CaptHarper: :: hops down off the desk, promising the Admiral that she'll be careful ::
(21:30:26) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Looks up from his console.:: XO: Yes Commander. The filaments did remarkably little structural damage, so the system repairs have been very effective.
(21:31:07) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: smiles :: ENG: Relay my appreciation to the repair teams.
(21:31:45) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::steps out into sickbay, looking over the roster for today. Physical, physical, routine checkup.. teeth cleaning.. and... a splotchy science ensign:: SCI2: Hello Ensign.. ::glances at her padd:: Got into a bit of sun, did we?
(21:33:46) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: going through the motions, her mind on the analysis data from the samples she collected ::
(21:33:52) SCI2_Ens_Jude: :: waddles further into sickbay and nods ::
(21:34:55) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Smiles back.:: XO: Of course, ma'am. ::Quietly turns back to his console, to continue monitoring systems.::
(21:35:14) CO_CaptHarper: :: exits the ready room to the bridge with an enthusiastic grin, knowing what's about to happen :: XO: Status, Commander?
(21:36:39) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: turns her head to Harper, still smiling :: CO: Ilaihr says the ship is doing well. out of slipstream in... :: looks to Navarro :: ...what, five minutes?
(21:37:18) NAV_LtJGNavarro: XO: Three, actually.
(21:38:49) CO_CaptHarper: XO: Brilliant. :: takes her seat ::
(21:39:45) NAV_LtJGNavarro: CO: Thirty seconds to normal space.
(21:39:55) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: SCI2: Looks like I should start with a painkiller.. Just one second. ::grabs a hypo:: Can you manage sitting down?
(21:40:22) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: looks excitedly towards the viewscreen, as if expecting to see a wondrous view at any moment. She takes a deep breath, reclaiming the excitement she felt upon learning they would take on this mission, shoving their recent difficulties into the past ::
(21:40:52) NAV_LtJGNavarro: CO: Normal space in five, four, three...
(21:42:16) CO_CaptHarper: ACTION> Atlantis pops into normal space, still several light-years away from Sagittarious A*, but closer than anyone has ever seen. From this distance, the area seems relatively packed (for space) with stars, forming stars, and filaments of gas and dust.
(21:42:25) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::also grabs the dermal regen after injecting Jude with an analgesic::
(21:43:04) NAV_LtJGNavarro: :: staring at the helm :: Normal space achieved. Drift... 231 light-seconds.
(21:43:21) SCI2_Ens_Jude: :: she waddles over to a biobed, and tried to sit, but ends up whimpering :: Self: Son. of. a. biiiiiiiii~
(21:44:16) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: watches eagerly as the scans return results ::
(21:44:26) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: naturally performs a tactical scan of the surrounding area. ::
(21:44:28) CO_CaptHarper: :: looks at the main viewer, the scene still spectacular, but not especially large yet given the vast distances involved ::
(21:44:56) CO_CaptHarper: CSO/CTO: Tell me about our surroundings. :: scoots forward in her chair, perching on the front edge ::
(21:45:07) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::begins the long slow process of restoring Jude's skin back to normal:: SCI2: So.. forgot the sunscreen, I take it?
(21:47:58) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: barely suppressing the urge to just run to the observation lounge and stare like a giddy child :: CO: Stand by, scans incomplete.
(21:48:02) NAV_LtJGNavarro: :: looks up at the viewer when he is satisfied that all is well with the helm :
(21:48:09) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: CO: Nothing to report on tactical. But someone could always be hiding behind stuff. :: thinks and grows a sense of humor for a second :: I recommend we go to Red Alert. :: smirks ::
(21:48:44) CO_CaptHarper: :: turns, shocked :: CTO: Was that... a joke?
(21:48:57) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: :: goes deadpan :: What if it was?
(21:49:09) SCI2_Ens_Jude: CMO: Mmmhm.
(21:49:18) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: SCI2: Is the painkiller helping any?
(21:49:20) CO_CaptHarper: CTO: That is astonishing, Mr. Wolfe! :: grins ::
(21:49:21) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: turns to look at Wolfe behind her in surprise ::
(21:50:59) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: CO: Very well, then. :: scans something ::
(21:51:28) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: goes back to staring at the density of stars on the main viewer ::
(21:52:04) CO_CaptHarper: :: turns forward again, thinking that leave must have been good for Wolfe, and waits for Lexy, knowing this is going to be good ::
(21:52:21) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: Based on my initial scans, I believe we are in the midst of two or more colliding star systems, though long-range scans are beginning to illustrate that this is not terribly uncommon in this region of space. Nebulae are forming from stellar remnants, there is death and rebirth happening ... everywhere around us. :: continues...::
(21:52:26) CO_CaptHarper: :: flicks her eyes from the viewscreen to Lexy :: CSO: Remarkable.
(21:52:42) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: There are numerous stars of all types in stable orbits outside the event horizon, and a large amount of material is being pulled into the accretion disc... :: turns to look at Kate :: A scientist could spend her whole life studying this sector alone. Teams of scientists. :: turns back to look at the data :: There's so much. What do you want to know?
(21:53:04) SCI2_Ens_Jude: CMO: A little.
(21:53:26) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::Nods at Jude:: SCI2: Good to know. ::smiles::
(21:53:33) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::has managed to regen most of the skin on Jude's back so she can lay down now:: SCI2: I'd like to use the full body regen over in the burn unit. It should take about a quarter of the time.
(21:56:23) SCI2_Ens_Jude: Self: Mph. CMO: Okey dokey.
(21:57:48) CO_CaptHarper: :: with an eager tone :: CSO: Everything. But I know that is impossible, so rank what is nearby in order of scientific interest and we will start our survey. I imagine the black hole itself will be high on the list.
(21:58:41) MED_Dr_Tav: :: on his off-time, steps out of the Turbolift onto the Bridge, since he's still welcome there having once been CMO. He gazes at the viewscreen before taking a seat at one of the science stations to observe and assist as might be needed with research. ::
(21:58:55) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: SCI2: Right this way.. ::takes her over to the burn unit in ICU, sets up one of the burn beds::
(22:00:56) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::helps Jude inside and brings the wings of the biobed down over her. It starts to hum, the dermal regen working over her whole body now::
(22:02:20) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: SCI2: Feeling better? ::makes adjustments on the console as the biobed does its thing::
(22:02:51) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: nods slowly, staring at the viewscreen beside Harper ::
(22:03:43) SCI2_Ens_Jude: CMO: Oh yeah. My arms can touch my ribs now.
(22:05:00) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::chuckles, looking at the readouts on the console:: SCI2: Luckily most of it was first degree burns. This should be done in no time.
(22:06:12) CO_CaptHarper: :: eyes shine back toward the viewer ::
(22:06:50) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: nods :: CO: Much of this phenomena we have observed before in other contexts, but supermassive black holes do not come along every day.
(22:08:31) CO_CaptHarper: CSO: For that I am glad, but let us investiate this one, then.
(22:09:08) CO_CaptHarper: All: No one that we know of has been this close to what for so many centuries was a mystery. Relish this rare opportunity to see it for yourself and pull back that veil.
(22:11:28) CO_CaptHarper: NAV: Mr. Navarro, find us a safe course closer at warp four.
(22:12:04) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: watches in anticipation, daring to believe scientific marvels and discovery awaits them, and they could possibly avoid danger in the process ::
(22:12:19) CSO_LCdr_Wright: SCI: T'Lira, I'd like you to focus your study on how proximity to the event horizon gravitationally affects these nearby objects and mathematically model the collisions.
(22:13:17) NAV_LtJGNavarro: CO: Aye, capitana. :: plots a way through the anomalies and colliding star systems toward the giant black spot on his display ::
(22:13:58) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: Captain, scans confirm the existence of the suspected cosmic filament of charged particles that... appear to be emerging from Sagittarius A*. Snaking away from it, at least. :: taps a few buttons to make it visible on the viewer ::
(22:14:00) SCI2_Ens_Jude: CMO: That's fucking fantastic.
(22:14:29) ENG_Lt_Ilaihr: ::Closes his eyes, and he can almost feel Sagittarius out there.:: Self: A celestial engine, churning the eternal void. A darkness that proceeds light.
(22:14:45) CO_CaptHarper: CSO: Ah! If I remember right, that filament was known about, but its origin was only theory? So we have already proven that it is made of charged particles?
(22:14:59) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::smiles:: SCI2: Modern medicine is amazing, isn't it?
(22:15:48) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: Correct. It is indeed made of charge particles, and they seem to be... streaming away from the event horizon. I'm not prepared to posit a theory on the source just yet.
(22:16:18) CO_CaptHarper: :: turns to Kuari :: One theory proven, and we have been here scarcely ten minutes.
(22:16:34) SCI_LCdr_TLira: :: does as instructed, setting up the programs and scanners to map the collisions and model them accurately ::
(22:16:52) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: turns her head towards Harper, smiling :: CO: This is amazing.
(22:17:09) SCI2_Ens_Jude: CMO: This would suck if it were the twentieth century.
(22:18:21) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: SCI2: I'd basically have to wrap you in burn cream and hope for the best.. that's practically medieval medicine.::chuckles::
(22:19:15) CSO_LCdr_Wright: *SCI2* Wright to Jude, any update on your return to duty? :: calling all scientists ::
(22:19:55) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: *CSO*: She's still under dermal regen right now. But I should have her out of here in about half an hour, probably less at this point..
(22:20:36) NAV_LtJGNavarro: CO: Capitana, that filament of particles seems to have cleared its neighborhood. Meaning that we could follow it in as a safe path.
(22:20:43) CSO_LCdr_Wright: *CMO* Understood, thank you, Doctor. :: pauses :: On a personal note, you may wish to make your way to an observation area when you get a chance. Wright out.
(22:21:29) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: *CSO*: Oh, have we made it to the galactic center? I'll be up as soon as we're done here. ::smiles::
(22:22:10) CO_CaptHarper: NAV: I like it. Take us in.
(22:22:34) NAV_LtJGNavarro: CO: Warp four, aye. :: engages warp drive to follow the filament ::
(22:24:57) CO_CaptHarper: ACTION> Atlantis jumps to warp, following the filament of charged particles closer to the black hole, which is still light-years away.
(22:25:15) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::glances at the console. 85% complete::
(22:25:18) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: puzzles over the particles ::
(22:25:32) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: SCI2: So are you excited about the mission?
(22:25:41) CO_CaptHarper: CTO: Monitor the radiation levels as we close. I imagine that we will need shields.
(22:26:49) SCI2_Ens_Jude: CMO: Oh hell yeah. It's also the furthest I have ever been from my mother. So, halle-fucking-lujah.
(22:26:58) CTO_Maj_Wolfe: CO: Aye, Captain. I've kept shields up and maintained Yellow Alert since we dropped out of Slipstream, and I'll continue to monitor radiation.
(22:27:40) CO_CaptHarper: CTO: Thank you, Major.
(22:28:06) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::laughs:: SCI2: Well, I suppose that could be a cause for celebration also.
(22:28:45) NAV_LtJGNavarro: :: takes a moment to feel like a badass as he pilots a Sovereign-class starship along a filament of charged particles to the black hole at the center of the galaxy ::
(22:29:39) SCI2_Ens_Jude: CMO: If you ever have a chance to meet my mother, you would understand.
(22:30:15) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::97% complete. 98%... 99%... 100%:: SCI2: I probably would ::grins:: All done. Let's get you up and back to duty.
(22:30:43) CSO_LCdr_Wright: NAV: Probably wise not to get too close to the filament... it's moving very fast in the opposite direction. VERY fast.
(22:31:16) NAV_LtJGNavarro: CSO: That one even a pilot can figure out, ma'am. :: grins ::
(22:31:36) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::opens up the wings of the biobed and extends a hand to Jude so she can sit up::
(22:31:46) SCI2_Ens_Jude: :: sits up and looks down :: CMO: I would think it would be inappropriate of me to walk on the bridge in underwear.
(22:32:19) SCI2_Ens_Jude: CMO: Don't need any fiddly bits showing.
(22:32:24) CSO_LCdr_Wright: NAV: I figured, but... just saying. I haven't observed enough of its behavior to know if it could move unexpectedly.
(22:33:23) NAV_LtJGNavarro: CSO: I'll keep an eye out.
(22:33:38) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::chuckles:: SCI2: Yes, go ahead and go get dressed. You're all set to go back on duty.
(22:34:13) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: Captain, scans indicate possible biological signatures from one of the star systems orbiting the galactic center.
(22:34:57) CO_CaptHarper: CSO: Life? Here?! :: looks at the viewer, then back to Lexy, with an expression of awe ::
(22:36:28) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: SCI2: You should hurry.. we're at the galactic center now.
(22:36:53) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: nods :: CO: It may not even be multicellular, but I won't know until we can scan it from closer proximity. The system is a main sequence yellow dwarf with five small rocky planets.
(22:37:03) SCI2_Ens_Jude: CMO: Wait. We are? Oh shit. :: runs out ::
(22:37:24) CO_CaptHarper: :: shakes her head in amazement :: That such a star could even have a stable orbit long enough for life to form... incredible.
(22:38:17) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: glances at Wright then stares at the screen with big eyes, imagining the possibilities of life, here of all places ::
(22:38:25) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: Self: I'm gonna assume she remembers her clothes...
(22:38:29) CSO_LCdr_Wright: CO: The system is billions of years old, though I have no way of knowing how long it has been in this orbit.
(22:38:43) SCI2_Ens_Jude: :: runs to ten forward ::
(22:39:48) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::shrugs and heads up to the Bridge::
(22:44:18) CO_CaptHarper: CSO: Flag that for investigation.
(22:44:29) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::steps off of the Bridge turbolift and heads to the observation lounge to catch a once in a lifetime glimpse of the galactic center::
(22:44:45) SCI2_Ens_Jude: :: looks forward :: Self: Ohwow.
(22:46:30) CO_CaptHarper: And the accretion disk IS visible, just distant as we close
(22:46:56) CMO_LtJG_Tailor: ::enters the observation lounge and settles herself down at a convenient viewing spot::
(22:47:36) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: flags it, and goes back to looking at the filament :: CO: The filament appears to be a tight stream of protons, Captain, I've never seen anything like it.
(22:49:47) CO_CaptHarper: :: stands and darts forward to peer at Lexy's console, then her :: CSO: Lone protons are too rare for this... they must be hydrogen ions.
(22:50:37) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: nods again :: CO: You're correct, Captain.
(22:50:50) CO_CaptHarper: :: brightens at the discovery ::
(22:51:52) SCI2_Ens_Jude: :: runs back to her room to change into uniform quickly ::
(22:52:39) CO_CaptHarper: Syvek> :: raises a Vulcan eyebrow as a scantily-clad Betazoid woman runs in, looks out the window, then runs back out. He goes back to his tea and book ::
(22:52:45) XO_LCdr_Kuari: :: watches Harper and Wright, wondering what other firsts they're about to discover in such a short time ::
(22:53:36) CSO_LCdr_Wright: :: looks over at T'Lira, seeing her busily creating the models as requested :: SCI: Anything yet?
(22:53:52) CO_CaptHarper: Syvek> :: thinks that is not even close to being the strangest thing he has seen aboard Atlantis ::
(22:54:07) SCI_LCdr_TLira: :: looks up :: CSO: The data is collating now, it should not be too much longer.
(22:55:11) CO_CaptHarper: :: stands up straight and stares at the main viewer with wide eyes, taking it all in ::
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