This is a collection of two declassified documents from varying points in human history, documenting Man’s experiences with the planet Helios. The first document, created by Dr. Herschel, outlines data collected during preliminary investigations of the planet. Helios is listed as a “planetary anomaly,” the reasoning of which becomes blatant within Herschel’s description.
The second document, created more recently in 2180 by Field Astronaut Viridius Antonio, details some of the flora and fauna of Helios, as well as its intelligent life that has been observed from a distance.
This collection serves to educate and summarize Humanity’s first discovery of intelligent life, providing a general understanding of the planet and its inhabitants to any that are interested.
PLANETARY ANOMALY ARCHIVE #3065, ID HS-IL
New Oddity Discovered
Researcher Name: Dr. James Herschel
Published October 25th, 2071
Declassified January 1st, 2200
A new planetary body has been discovered deep within the Andromeda spiral Galaxy. Codenamed Helios, it is a terrestrial planet located within the Goldilocks zone of its solar system, which has been cataloged as “SSGZHA-2562.” This planet appears to be extraordinarily similar to Humanity’s birth-planet of Earth, with only a few key differences.
Similar to Earth, Helios has large clouds high above it that are also composed of water and ice. Rain, snow, and other forms of precipitation are, through preliminary observations, relatively similar to Earth. However, Helios has a much smaller quantity of water than Earth does, with the estimated water content only being about 35%, about half of Earth’s amount of water.
The atmospheric content of the planet is divided in a similar manner to Earth, with probes sent to the planet reporting about 68% nitrogen, 30% oxygen, and 1% argon gas. The other percentages are divided up into other, less prevalent gases. The largest difference between Helios and Earth is the planet’s positioning in the solar system. Helios is closer to its star, which makes surface temperatures on the planet significantly higher in comparison.
By all means and accounts, Helios can sustain life. The latest data gathered from probes has spotted numerous species of flora and fauna on the planet, with low-quality images currently being processed at space imaging facilities. The reason that Helios has been labeled a high-priority anomaly, however, is because probes have reportedly detected “unnatural” obelisks composed of dirt or stone on the planet’s surface. Small, contained fires have also been found. This may suggest that Helios is home to some form of intelligent life, but it remains uncertain. The possibility of foreign natural phenomena remains plausible, and most scientists believe this theory as intelligent life has yet to be found outside of our own species despite the exploration of thousands of planets and hundreds of solar systems.
To Be Continued...
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