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USS Harbinger Departs for Planetary Exploration
by Caroline Post, FNN News Anchor, Kepler News
The purposes for Kepler Station's location in this part of the Delta Quadrant were many. One of them was to establish a scientific presence in the quadrant. Earlier today, the USS Harbinger departed with several scientists and the Chief Medical Officer to begin the first science mission. The mission begins only two days after most of the scientists arrived on Kepler via USS Discovery.
In addition, Jon`a and Marissa Despard are along on the voyage. They are archaeology and anthropology for the group. They were recently on Malchus IV, where they studied the finds of an ancient civilization, and where Marissa Despard was in charge of the dig. The Despards hope to decipher some of the puzzles surrounding the people and civilization which left behind the huge crystal buildings left behind on the classified planet.
Dr. Fenella Zuribel is a well-known botanist in the Alpha Quadrant. She has studied many plant species throughout that section of space. Dr. Zuribel looks forward to the possible discovery of a new biome, and to studying the plant side of it, if she does.
In addition to the scientists, a small group of Marines, under the command of Captain Justin Shard, were aboard Harbinger when it left. Lt. Svetlana Ivanova will help the scientists by doing fly-overs, and that will increase security, as well. The remainder of the fighter pilots will be here protecting Kepler Station, as well as the majority of the Marines.
We wish the crew and passengers of USS Harbinger a safe and successful journey.