June 21, 3305
Distance from Kunti: 41,376.84ly
Distance from Colonia: 21,928.70ly
Distance to Waypoint 05: 0.00ly
Distance to Beagle Point: 24,397.83ly
This latest leg of my trip was made with some nervous moments in the wake of my unintentional star-diving I mentioned in my last log. The minor damage to the power plant is making it sound a little rougher in the cockpit, the hum of the reactor a bit harsher now. On top of that, I also noticed my hull integrity has suffered, another thing my AFMUs cannot reapir out in the black. The computer system are showing things well within tolerances, but the ship’s developed a few new creaks and groans. The sheer length of the journey has taken its toll, too, the nice, sparkling paintjob I had applied before we left now being scraped and burned away by what is now over five-hundred hyperjumps, along with dozens of long supercruise hauls to reach distant terraformable worlds to scan.
Speaking of which, today on approach to the nebula that marked my latest checkpoint I came across a wonderful discovery. A trinary system with a neutron star as the jump point, and the two other stars in a close binary configuration had a binary pair of earthlike planets around them! I’ve stumbled across somewhere between one and two dozen earthlike planets in my time exploring outside the Bubble, both on the run to Sagittarius A and this voyage to Beagle Point, but I’ve never found a single system possessing two earthlikes. Even better, they mark the first earthlikes on this journey that have not been discovered by another pilot! Hopefully I can haul that data back with me, and get a serious payday out of it.
Aside from that, things have been dull, mostly. The views, as always, continue to amaze, but so far beyond the galactic center means the stars are starting to become more and more sparse. I’m getting close now to the farthest galactic region, The Abyss...the last hurdle between me and Beagle Point, really. It will be interesting to see if my mapping computer can chart its way through such a dark region of the galaxy.
Still, making steady progress, and the next waypoint from her is just a simple computer stop point so my navigation systems don’t melt trying to chart a 25,000 light year course, so I may not have a reason to update there. Might make another update to send home once I reach the edge of The Abyss, but we’ll have to wait and see.
CMDR AustralianChaos, signing off.