This weekend I have been to another planet. Several actually. The landscapes I encountered were at times utterly surreal and definitely otherworldly. I know most of you wont believe me so I have brought back some photographic evidence. All of these photos are straight from camera with no heavy editing or photoshop trickery.
To get to this place I had to leave the Queenstown system and pass through an outlying spaceport called Alexandra. ‘Alex’ plays host to long-distance freighters and renegades running from the law so it pays to watch your back. But it’s your last chance to stock up on supplies before making the leap into hyperspace.
A few parsecs beyond Alex is a little known system called Poolburn. At certain times of our solar year this system is beyond reach due to prolonged periods of subzero temperatures making visits there extremely hazardous. Indeed the stargates are locked from the end of June making passage there impossible.
Once there, you are struck by the almost total silence and apparent absence of lifeforms. There is evidence of earlier, primitive habitation by what appear to be some sort of hunter-gatherer lifeforms.
I witnessed several strange phenomena like anti-crepuscular rays and a lake that literally froze overnight.
My vehicle for this journey was 44 year old technology originally developed as part of the now defunct German space travel programme. I’m happy to report that the veteran 2WD technology handled the sub-zero temperatures of deep space and the frequent loss of traction very well. I would recommend any future travellers attempting this journey do so with more modern 4WD equipped vessels though.
I’m looking forward to further adventures to undiscovered worlds.