Entrance and Landing
The journey to Helios was relatively smooth, but long. Our crew’s journey was the first outside of the Milky Way, a trip that took a little over 5 months despite traveling millions of times faster than the speed of light. This was the first time anyone has used this level of hyper-speed technology for this long of a stretch, but it has performed exceptionally well.
Our statistics and knowledge of the planet has remained largely unchanged since Dr. Herschel’s original paper on Helios back in 2071. All of this information has been proven correct from our crew’s measurements.
Landing on the planet was remarkably similar to Earth, which Helios is normally directly compared to due to how similar it is.
Flora & Fauna
Helios has an extremely diverse plant life. While not quite as developed as life on Earth, our crew has found and documented over a hundred individual species of plants during our stay. There is a great range in size, with large treelike structures towering over smaller plants that seem similar to ferns and moss. The flora utilizes a form of photosynthesis similar to Earth, where carbon dioxide, water, and light from the sun create sugars, food and oxygen as a byproduct. Since the days on Helios are longer, we believe that this is a main contributor to the greater amount of oxygen in Helios’ atmosphere than on Earth.
Due to the abundant amount of oxygen, both the plant and animal life in the region overall are much larger than life on Earth. While it is theorized that the higher oxygen content in the air during the Carboniferous and similar periods hundreds of millions of years ago led to larger sized insects and animals on Earth, we seem to be able to see this first hand on Helios.
To Be Continued...