Tim poured over the new data from the recent probe. He was comparing it to current target the station was working on. He lit up a second hologram next to the one they had been working on and looked up.
“Holy Shit!” he exclaimed as he rotated the two around.
Sam looked up “What are you so …” she hesitated and twisted around “Wow. Is that what I think it is?”
“Looks like it.” Tim pondered. The two asteroids were virtually identical.
“Ok, then take a look at this.” Sam punched a video over to Tim. “Pay attention to the center of that circle.”
The video image was the circle of gold pads the surveyor took in the last seconds of his existence.
“That looks like some kind of attachment point in the middle.” Tim examined it closely.
“Exactly.” Sam looked back to the hologram. “So that leaves the question of just exactly what these things are.”
The door to the compartment opened and commander Dickerson floated in “I brought some coffee and a couple of snack bars. Real meals will be here shortly.” She looked to the hologram “Is that what I think it is?”
“Sure is.” Tim flicked on another layer of graduations “And you need to take a look at this too.” He waved the commander over.
Kim floated over to Tim’s console and handed him a bottle of coffee. She looked intently at the image on his screen for a moment. “That is an attachment point.”
“Obviously.” Tim noted “Which means those are contact pads to interface to something else. Leaving the question of ‘to what?’.”
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