DISTRESS SIGNAL A402-L

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[22:14:57UT]

SOS. HAILING ALL SPACECRAFT IN THE REGION. AFT ENGINES ABOARD THE ASCENSION HAVE BEEN DESTROYED. EVIDENCE SUGGESTS SABOTAGE. ASCENSION CREW HAS REASON TO BELIEVE THIS ACT WAS COMMITTED BY [REDACTED] ON BEHALF OF A KNOWN TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. ATTEMPTS TO APPREHEND THE SUSPECT HAVE PROVEN UNSUCCESSFUL. ONE C-CLASS ORBITER HAS BEEN REPORTED MISSING, [REDACTED] IS PRESUMED TO BE ABOARD. THEIR CURRENT WHEREABOUTS AND DESTINATION REMAIN UNKNOWN, THOUGH BELIEVED TO STILL BE IN THE PLUTO-CHARON SYSTEM.

REQUESTING IMMEDIATE EVAC OF ASCENSION PERSONNEL. INSUFFICIENT LIFEBOAT SHIPS FOR CREW. LACKING VESSEL CAPABLE OF RETURNING TO NEAREST USC OUTPOST. INADEQUATE EQUIPMENT TO SET UP TEMPORARY OUTPOST ON PLUTONIAN SURFACE. INSUFFICIENT SUPPLIES FOR LONG-TERM STANDBY FOR RESCUE.

ORBITAL COMPUTER PREDICTS ASCENSION IS ON CRASH COURSE TO PLUTO. CURRENT ESTIMATES DETERMINE PLANETFALL AT 12:00UT, TWO MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF THIS TRANSMISSION. SOS.

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