by D.J. Sylvis
Broadcasting. This is Roger Bragado-Fischer, Communications Administrator for Moonbase Theta. The date is October 13th, 2098; the time is 5:22. Current temperature is 25 degrees Centigrade; surface temperatures are around 113 degrees. Ten weeks until base shutdown.
I would like to start this week with an apology. Looking back at my report of October 6th, it’s obvious that I crossed some lines, both in my response to the issue with the stasis pods, and in the … tone of my commentary on the crew’s internal messaging. As indicated, in both cases I let my professionalism lapse. I greatly regret my … overreaction.
I have reviewed your memo with the active crew members. An internal audit of all data relating to recent astronomical … discoveries, as well as a report on shutdown sequences that have fallen behind schedule, have begun. We understand that any inaccuracies could result in changes in crew task assignments, including the decision to send personnel to stasis earlier than planned. These reports will be the main priority of all staff until completed.
Operations – other than those referred to above – continue within acceptable … levels, as per approved Base guidelines certified by current management on September 11th of this year. Power levels are optimal on local supply. Our fluid-state Helium-3 stores are at 18% currently; mining operations had to relocate after exhausting their accessible supply of lunar regolith but are back up to full operation. Water supplies are stable; Agriculture has indicated that our stores exceed any forecasted needs through the remaining shutdown schedule. Maintenance says with your approval, our ice mining equipment could be decommissioned and the resources reallocated.
Food stores are more than sufficient. The crew has expressed universal gratitude for the renewed supply of snack items. We were down to a single square of Dairy Milk per day, per person; now that’s been upped to half a bar, and I’m seeing a lot more smiles around the dining cubicle.
All Experiments are now marked as completed and all data logged; all extant subjects have been … removed, or placed in the laboratory stasis chambers. The only exception is the tardigrades – Wilder has to rig up extra space for them, due to the significant increase in size from original estimates. You may wish to confirm back on Earth with Doctor –
Sorry, little quake there, knocked out our power for ten or fifteen minutes. We usually aren’t affected much by moonquakes – we’re solidly installed within the most stable junction of the lava tubes – but there’s been some readjustment as they move the larger mining machinery. We’ll provide a full report including seismic analysis – initial estimates are a 3.1 Richter, K-Class of, I think 8. Still feeling the aftershocks now and then.
Operations. I think I’ve covered everything. We’ve decommissioned and sealed off 82% of unnecessary station space, including all unused crew quarters and laboratory spaces except as mentioned above. Monitoring continues on the stasis pods, with the variations reported previously and analyzed.
Again, allow me to apologize for my previous lapses; and again, your requested review and reporting is underway, to be provided at our next possible broadcast date. Your patience and consideration are appreciated. Umm …
Moonbase Theta, out.