July 20th, 2552 – Harvesting fuel
Scout Pilot/travel agent/Chef Kat “S-Kat” James Reporting
The seeds that were planted on Ptera have started to sprout, and the seedlings have taken root. In the morning everything was going according to plan. I was leading the bugs away while the science team checked on the plants.
I almost got blown out of the air when I was about to dodge the fireflies and something exploded back the way I’d come – the research plot.
From what I could gather the research team was taking a small portion of the new growth back to the shuttle when the tote with the plant matter fell… and exploded. Thankfully the injuries were minor and the shuttle wasn’t damaged, but it looks like farming is a bust.
It’s not the bugs, it’s not the lanterns- it’s something in the planet’s soil or atmosphere that makes whatever grew there- explosive.
So, no agriculture for Ptera— but it looks like we may have found a fuel source. We just need to figure out how to safely use it.