To Vesper Skies
NESS 89-03T X897000-0X Ag X 033
Orbit: Habitable Zone
Year Length: 81.81 Earth Days
Distance from Star: .23 AU
Size: Large Standard
Diameter: 12612.6 km
Circumference: 39623.7 km
Surface Area: 499,757,000 sq km
Density: 1 Earth
Gravity: 1.001 G
Day Length: 24 h
Temperature: 287 K
Atmosphere Constituents: Unknown
Hydrology: 65% liquid water
Satellites: 1 planetoid
Resources: biosphere, hydrocarbons, metals, organics, water
Excerpt from Dr. Priya Devlin, head exoplanetologist of the New Earth Colonial Initiative
The future for humanity lies on the third world orbiting a small orange star. The planet was discovered in 2072 during the New Earth Sky Survey to find a new home through the Einstein-Rosen anomaly (henceforth called the wormhole). It's the 89th system we searched through and took us nearly a decade to find, so it's the best shot we've got. Not much is known about the world since this will be our first visit to it, but what we do know is enough for us to carve out a living and survive.
NESS 89-03 (proper name pending) is an Earth-sized world with two large main landmasses and several islands. There seems to be less surface water on the planet than Earth, and what is there suggests only two or three massive oceans. Seasonal cyclones are estimated to be more extreme than here on Earth, so we will have to be prepared for that. The orbital period of the planet is much faster than on Earth, a quick 81 days. Concerns for agriculture remain, but our hydroponics greenhouses should be able to help us as we wake up more colonists
Greenery suggests vegetation, but the scientists have no idea if there is complex animal life on this rock, or if it is even edible to human life. For the first year or so, we'll have nutripaks until livestock cloning can begin. The poles seem to have ice sheets much like 20th century Earth. Ices will be important for fuel as we decide to survey the entirety of the system. There are seven planets in total, and lord knows what else in the asteroid belt between NESS 89-03 and 04.
Our hope is that within the first year, we will have established a viable colony to gain a foothold on this strange planet. In five years, we should have much of the Promise's cryopods unloaded and enough agricultural, resource, and civic infrastructure to maintain a decent sized human population planetside. It will be hard on the colonists with their families and friends still on ice, but it's a hopefully temporary measure until we can ensure a constant supply of resources.