“Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at the stars because we are human?”
The year is 2033, fueled by the first steps on mars thirteen years ago the world has once more turned its attention to the stars, in an explosion of exploration and social support not seen since the height of the Space Race during the Cold War. Under the watchful eyes of the USI, orbiting observatories were constructed, the ISS was expanded to the largest orbiting laboratory and even the moon felt the drumming of progress as the first research station was constructed on its surface. But as we explored further into our universe we soon learned that our own solar home still held surprises that would shake us to our core. These surprises would take the form of a small planet and its moon, found orbiting quite impossibly peaceful in a section of the asteroid belt. Named Nyx by the community, the appearance of this new addition to the ranks of the solar family was not even the biggest surprise it yet held, shown by a flyby probe that recorded that Nyx, the impossible planet, had both an atmosphere and liquid water. Both of these revelations stunned the scientific community who have spent the last five years researching Nyx, prodding it with probes and watching it for days on end.
This is where your story starts, you who have been chosen for this mission. You have chosen to leave your home behind, your world behind, for a time. You have chosen to reach out to the inky blackness and take another step forward from the comfort of the pale blue dot and into the annals of history. You cant help but feel a moment of exhilaration as the ferry shuttle brakes atmo and the construction cradle fills the view-ports, it had been a long morning of speeches and tear-filled farewells but now all that is behind you, only the vastness remains. You trace your eyes down the stark white arms of the station and rest them on the craft that is nestled inside. Bigger than even the craft that took those brave explorers to Mars a decade ago, it sits there the crew compartments spinning slowly. You continue to watch it as you are pulled into the docking port and cant help but think, that, that is your new home for now. In that you will see the stars as few have seen them, look upon the planets with your own eyes, and find the blackness is full of the hopes and dreams of the countless below you. That is, of course, if you are willing...
The USI, or United Space Initiative, is a coalition of all of the major countries in the UN. As such it enjoys near unlimited funding, but sees itself under more of a public lens than most space programs due to its very nature.
This large marvel of science is a sight to behold. The crew chambers themselves equate the same square-footage as a medium apartment and are on a carousel to induce the effects and feelings of gravity, the only compartments free of this gravity are the control room and the secondary compartments behind the reactors. It runs off of an experimental high-yield hydrogen fuel, that causes the engines of the craft to glow red when in use, this has given them the loving name of Nuclear Engines by the ground crews due to the glow.
It is also home to two "Buzz" atmospheric probes that are to be used during the course of he journey, and two landers to aid in the exploration of Nyx and of other celestial bodies.
Stage 1: Execute escape burn and leave Earth's gravitational field on a Nyx heading (Red)
Stage 2: Enter into Nyx orbit for the next three months, until next return window is available (Blue)
Stage 3: Leave Nyx and return to Earth (Green)
Position on ship:
Personality: ((TBR may be used))
Flight commander (Taken)
Various Scientific positions
Name: John Nashan
Position on ship: Flight Commander/ physicist
Personality: Lighthearted, kind, takes his job seriously, the rest is TBR
Brief Bio: Ever sense he was a little kid growing up in various states, John has always held a fascination with the stars and solar system. When his friends were playing catch and sports, he was inside reading and studying with the dream of one day becoming an astronaut. He got his chance when he was 22 as a technician working on the Helios Orbital Observatory and showed "Great aptitude in a high stress environment". After his tour in the small single, roomed station he was sent to the advanced USI training center for the next year. Upon his 'release' he was given command of a small sub-orbital ferry to the new ISS labs. He remained here in command for about two years when he was pulled off of the shuttle and upgraded to a commander of a trans Lunar shuttle that ferried supplies to the fledgling research colony. He was given special notice when he kept control of his craft and crew after a collision with a cloud of debris that was out of place, and managed to return to one of the orbiting cradles without losing a soul. ((Will probably improve this))