Coordinates (rounded): 45.0285 Billion Light Years from Earth.
Estimated time of arrival: 20 minutes.
The year was immeasurable.
The space probe, Voyager 1, had launched from Earth in 1977. But years that measured four digits in length had not been recorded by Voyager 1 for a very, very, long time. Its tarnished silver sheen and singular blinking red GPS signal singled out its foreign nature amidst the starlight, as it raced across the blackened sky, zeroing in on its new target.
It’s initial mission had been to explore deep space. Regularly it had sent back transmissions concerning its velocity, distance, and future trajectory alignments while it passed through multiple galactic systems, some well known, and some newly discovered. The scientists back home, on Earth, would be diligently recording its every position, and hoping they predicted the right answers about the Universe. At present, the distance from home measured almost 46 billion light years, approaching the initial measurement of the observable universe scientists on Earth had theorized in 1977. Soon, scientists would know if the Universe had expanded, or started to collapse, or not moved at all.
Voyager 1 was also programmed to send back data regarding possible exosolar planets, aka an ‘exoplanet. It was one such promising transmission, of a nearby exoplanet looking source, that changed Voyager 1’s mission, and the last received signals from Earth had been to re-adjust its course to this new, promising, discovery. Since then there had been no interference from home, and the space probe continued approaching the exoplanet.
Coordinates (rounded): 45.8684BLY from Earth.
Estimated time of arrival: Seven minutes.
An exoplanet is a planet outside of the conventional Solar System the probe had left, when commissioned for its space expolartion project. An exoplanet is a back up plan. A new destination for humanity, if it ever destroyed Earth. The theories had been proposed on Earth, that for every planet discovered through our telescopes, a 0.0001% chance from these collective discoveries existed wherein one could be viable for life.
A 0.0001% chance for Plan B is what Voyager 1 was about to discover, it’s GPS was saying approach to the exoplanet was close.
It’s transmitting sensors started to activate as it approached the exoplanet. Initial long-range chemical readings proved promising; there were signs of Carbon and Oxygen of higher concentations than other failed exoplanet discoveries. The life sustaining possibilities, by calculations, seemed to be probable.
Coordinates (rounded): 45.9317BLY from Earth.
Estimated time of arrival: Four minutes.
Spatial scan of approaching coordinates indicate no spherical object present in foreground. Chemical detections still presenting Carbon and Oxygen. All chemical signals currently point to probably exoplanet existence. Spatial scanner shut down and Voyager 1 continued its approach.
Coordinates (rounded): 45.9533BLY
Estimated time of arrival: Three minutes.
Voyager 1 still on track to destination. No intereference from home.
Coordinates (rounded): 45.9838BLY
Estimated time of arrival: Two minutes.
Short range scanner detects presence of incoming rock. Iron composite with some nickel. Computer identifies rock composite as being consistent with those of known levels as found on Earth.
Coordinates (rounded): 45.9999BLY from Earth.
Estimated time of arrival: 30 seconds.
Rocks pass by Voyager 1 at an unrelenting pace. A suggestion of a recent explosion is what the scanner calculations on board the space probe predict. Rock continues to careen past Voyager 1, some pieces hitting its external shield in the process. Damage report sent to Earth.
Coordinates (rounded): 0BLY from Earth.
Estimated time of arrival: Destination arrived.