A volcanic world,
Showing deep scars of past upheavals,
Rugged mountainous terrain, then a lava plain;
Why does our galaxy always seem to be filled with dead worlds?
Perhaps we’ll find out,
Ok, here we go,
At least there’s no atmosphere, this time,
I’ll keep an eye out for any surface eruptions,
Thanks, and I’ll need you to help me scout a landing place,
Once we’re down to a few kilometres,
Acceleration slightly above nominal,
We’re coming in a little steeper,
Are we still ok?
Yes, should be, we have plenty in hand,
We’ve landed on much bigger worlds,
Delta is growing,
I thought we had the gravity field mapped out,
There’s no reason that should change…
That would require a large-scale redistribution of internal mass,
And there’s no evidence for recent cataclysmic activity,
Ok, stabilised now,
Slightly higher gee, but stable,
Let’s just keep an eye on it,
5km, 200 down,
Landing site looks fine,
Descent engines, go,
300 down, hollldd tiiight!
2,000, 150 down,
We can’t land here—,
There’s a good area off to the left…,
1,000, 50 down,
Still looks good!
500, 20 down…
50 metres, coming down softly…
Look at that view…
It reminds me of Mars, except it’s more orange,
And that sharp horizon…
The mountains are spectacular!
Besides the spot where we’ve tried to land,
The surface here is exceptionally smooth;
Gravitometer’s reading 23.8 Europa gs,
I still don’t understand why this planet is so massive given its size,
It’s definitely a unique planet,
I kind of like it—
Tilt angle alarm,
We’ve pitched by 2 degrees since landing…
Why? The ground seems stable,
Look at the seismogram—
Several readings above 5 over the last 2 minutes,
Tilting now at 3 degrees—
I felt that!
I can feel the vibrations…what’s going on?
Seismology showing 6…
We’re tilting further,
Abort! Engines on,
Let’s go, let’s go!
Emergency abort initiated,
This is going to hurt…
The ground…it’s coming up…
It’s all around us!!
What…what is that!!?
We’re not going to make it,
It’s…it’s reaching up!!
It’s got eyes!