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Stardate: September 29, 2049
Galaxy: Red Dwarf, Wolf
A sanitation truck is crawling along Mills Street. Its beep…beep…beep is irritating yet strangely soothing. The sound crawls into my subconscious and wakes me from cyber-sleep. I hold still while tubes recede from my ports; the pod door whooshes open.
I find Daisy, the Android, in the hydroponic orchard, picking peaches to freeze-dry for us Bios.
“Did you sleep well, dear?” she asks, and it sounds almost normal.
“Yes, thanks. How much longer?” I say.
“An Earth week at most.”
Wolf’s “Goldilocks” planet is the answer to our prayers.
From a NASA website:
Australia astronomers have discovered the closest potentially habitable planet found outside our solar system so far, orbiting a star just 14 light-years away. The planet, more than four times the mass of the Earth, is one of three that the team detected around a red dwarf star called Wolf 1061… [The] ‘Goldilocks’ zone [is] where it might be possible for liquid water – and maybe even life — to exist,” says lead study author UNSW’s Dr. Duncan Wright.
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