The Derelict

The derelict had come hurtling toward the Montero from the starboard side of the ship and the Pilot did some fancy dodging. With the help of the other crew members, Ogai is able to triangulate its current position and now, after reorienting the ship, the Montero is pointed directly toward it. Lohan does his best to match its speed and heading, but it takes him longer than expected.
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The Captain scans his thumb and punches in his PIN which opens the box holding the access card. He then slides the plastic card into the appropriate slot and engages the switch that lets MUTHUR know it is the Captain. The terminal pulses to life and begins displaying the details.
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- Intercepted distress signal from the derelict ship -
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- Cryosleep interrupted -
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- Investigation is mandatory -
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- Penalty of total forfeiture of shares -

MUTHUR plays a sound recording of the transmission but it is too garbled for the Captain to determine who sent it.
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"MU/TH/UR, who gave this order and why was it kept a secret till now? This new mission interferes with our current mission and either way I am gonna take a hit on my paycheck", asked Capt. Kenny.
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"You do not have clearance for that Information, Captain. Mission redirected...", replied the AI.
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"So what are we supposed to do with the supplies we were assigned to drop off?", asked Kenny.
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"Tritium is decaying into Helium-3. Holding the cargo longer will only complete its transition. Delivery mission is on standby. Proceed with new orders.", came MUTHUR's directive.
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Glenn Roberts turns to the Captain. "Rescue mission or salvage mission?", he asked, then glared at Bruce.
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As the Montero comes about and catches up to the derelict, MU/TH/UR’s voice comes alive. “Scanning vessel.”
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Her engines are dead, inertia has carried the derelict along at her last achieved speed of .04 light speed. With no running and interior lights on the ghost ship, the crew can’t see much without activating the flood lights.
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Roku stares in anticipation.
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Ogai frowns, glancing at the ship, "Is it just me or is something just feel off? Like, hey, the money we could get for bringing this in would be great but the fact is, what the hell is it doing out here in the first place?"
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Jensen switches on the floodlights revealing the name painted on the side. USCSS Cronus, a Weyland SEV M3 Heliades-class spacecraft.
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Capt. Kenny replied, "Thanks Jensen, for the confirmation. MU/TH/UR cross reference any info on the USCSS CRONUS. We need to know the ship's mission, crew and cargo before we do anything. The last thing we need to do is go in there unprepared for a biohazard or radiation leak."

Capt. Kenny then looked at Asahi and said, "Thanks for the heads up Asahi. If you didn't warn us in time, Paddy may not have been able to dodge the derelict. I am going to need you to keep us informed if you get any bad feelings about this situation and I don't care how small they are. This whole situation make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end."

Then Capt. Kenny spoke on the intercom, "Has anyone checked our ship for damage or tampering yet? I need to know our fuel situation, air situation, systems check and hull integrity and crew status. Then after that I need to know as much about this derelict as we can find before we step aboard."
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"Dibs on hull integrity!", Vera cheerfully says over the intercom. Then, starting with the cargo areas she checked the outer walls and sensors for each area... after confirming an area's status, she goes to the nearest intercom and shares the info with the rest of the crew.
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Everyone of the crew members, with the exception of Vera, has heard something of the long lost Cronus. Launched in 2110, it's been missing for 73 years. Now here she is, running on minimal power with all exterior and interior lights off. The only sign of life from her is the repeating SOS signal.
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"MU/TH/UR any cargo manifest on the USCS CRONUS?", asks Capt. Kenny.
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"Guys... I think we hit the motherload.", says Jensen.
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Roku looks on in wide eyed recognition.
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Capt. Kenny says , "Go on Jensen. What did you find?"
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"It was a science / exploration vessel... three quarters of a century ago, they disappeared somewhere out near 26 Draconis system... that's an ungodly distance away. If we can get this back to Anchorpoint, can you imagine what this could do for us? ...and if there is still anyone on board... guys, we could be heroes.", Jensen mused.
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Capt. Kenny looked very concerned as he spoke up, "And we just happened to change course and wake up in time to find this derelict eh? That is an awful big convenience for us isn't it, Jensen?"
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"I don't know what you're implying, Captain. MU/TH/UR must have picked up a signal.", Jensen rebuked.
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MU/TH/UR: "Incoming scans"

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