[TRANSCRIPT FROM “NEWS OF THE WORLD TONIGHT”. ORIGINAL BROADCAST FEBRUARY 17, 2027]
With the roar of an engine and the flames of spent fuel, the first human colonists race out of Earth orbit today – the first humans sent to colonize the Moon.
[IMAGES OF PERSEPHONE 3 CLIMBING INTERMIXED WITH CHEERING SCIENTISTS]
It was a day of great celebration as the culmination of thousands of man-hours come it a stellar conclusion. But this is only the beginning of the multi-year project facing our brave colonists.
[SCALE MODEL OF LUNAR COLONY 1]
The colonists will touch down near the lunar pole, just south of the previous two Persephone landings. Using limitless sunlight as a source of vital energy, the brave crew will tunnel beneath the lunar surface to establish an underground base. Once complete and shielded from intense cosmic radiation, they will shed their space suits and enjoy a quiet life on the Earth’s satellite.
[ARTIST’S RENDERING OF THE INTERIOR OF THE SUB-SURFACE BASE]
Who will be on this, the first great step forward in man’s conquest of space since Armstrong? Why, none other than trillionaire business tycoon and space-fanatic Charles Nichols, whose company, Interstellar Enterprises, has partnered with NASA to fund this great expedition.
[CHARLES NICHOLS WAVING TO ADORING CROWD BEFORE ENTERING PERSEPHONE 3]
CHARLES NICHOLS (V.O.):
This is, indeed, the greatest endeavor ever conceived. To step into the heavens and claim them for our own. I am grateful to be a part of this, the greatest voyage yet undergone by man.
[PHOTO OF CHARLES NICHOLS AND CREW]
Flying alongside Mr. Nichols is the most extensive crew ever to be launched into space. Thirty-three brave men and women have volunteered for the grueling three-year journey to the heart of the moon and back. Commanding this international squad of military veterans and scientists is our own Skyller Kawabata of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
[PORTRAIT OF CMD. KAWABATA IN SERVICE DRESS]
This is the third space flight for Commander Kawabata and her second time to the moon, having flown as pilot in the first Persephone run back in 2023. In three days time, she will land this gallant crew on the lunar surface to begin their mission. The greatest ever undertaken!
[VIDEO OF PERSEPHONE 3 LAUNCHING]
God speed, Persephone 3!
[END OF BROADCAST]