Year 12, Day 392 (Pathfinder 3 Probe 1 Lost)

 

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Pathfinder 3 deploys it’s first probe!

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Little was known about Vall when Pathfinder 3 was launched, it is now obvious that the probe suite on Pathfinder 3 is somewhat ill equipped – Vall has no atmosphere so the parachute and heat shield are a waste of mass!

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Pathfinder 3’s first probe also has insufficient fuel to slow down in time, and the probe crashes into the surface!

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The probe transmits this haunting photo of Jool and the surface of Vall right before communications are lost!