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From Orbit

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30 pagine
26 minuti
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Aug 1, 2013
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9781301211265
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As the Raven reaches orbit all seems routine. The orbiter moves to rendezvous with the orbital platform so they can cycle the crew and resupply.
Little do the multinational crew know that events on the planet below will begin to overtake them all, leading to heartbreaking consequences that none of them could have expected.
A science-fiction short story by Rob G. Goforth.

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Aug 1, 2013
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9781301211265
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Rob G Goforth studied computer graphic design and animation at the University of Teesside and has been struggling with depression for most of his life. Writing helps him cope; it is his passion, allowing him to free his mind and imagination from the troubles of the world. Rob lives in his lair in the North East of England with his long-suffering partner Anna and their cat Newton and has recently begun designing and selling custom t-shirts.

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As the Orbiter approaches the platform, not one of either crew suspects that it will be for the last time. Few of the ground teams at Beijing and Houston have even noticed the news stories that will come to a dramatic conclusion within the next few hours.

This is to be expected of course, for the cutting-edge of science requires a certain level of focus. Whether the procedures currently under-way are truly the forefront of science any more though is a matter of debate.

Aboard the Orbiter, US pilot Lt. Abe McKenzie reads from the instruments and types in adjustments, compensating for a few variables that the craft’s computers has not yet accounted for. In truth, his tweaks are largely meaningless, for even if the Orbiter were completely unmanned it would still be able to dock with the platform. Abe himself knows this, knows that he is there simply because the treaties say the Orbiter needs a human pilot.

Sometimes the thought makes him feel superfluous. The Magellan-class Orbiter can enter orbit, manoeuvre, land, all without human intervention. A technical masterpiece, with a less than one percent error rate. McKenzie is reminded of his father's time, when automated cars were first introduced. Drivers like his father still needed to learn how to drive manually, pass tests and get a license. He can still picture his father's face as he sat there behind the wheel like a spare part as the car drove itself along.

Stable at delta, McKenzie tells his commander, his voice flat and lifeless. "Still

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