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honest tuck [AL-27A]
(Asp Explorer)
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Oct 30, 2018
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9,988,941,911 Cr
Far Out and Outer Regions of the Northern Hemisphere

Brown Dwarf Highway

24th APR 3305

Without regard to the probable hazardous results to an inexperienced or badly equipped pilot following a long sequence of Brown Dwarfs en route, I always loved the violet light emitted by Brown Dwarfs. This illumination creates a beautiful cockpit environment; to me it feels relaxing.

Exiting from Beagle Point, I went towards the outer spiral arm heading East. I followed the bow of the Scutum Centaurus Arm when entering from an area between the Abyssal Plain and the Galactic Aphelion.

I followed this easternmost course towards and beyond the border between The Abyss and Archeron further on for more than 10kly.

Entry of Archeron region took place on 24th Apr 3305 (23:11hrs).

On my route towards this invisible sector outline, I crossed plenty of T- and Y-Star-Systems over a distance of approximately 3kly. When altering the course towards the South, this kind of route with plenty of Brown Dwarfs was continued until the southern edge of the Styx gap. Of course, route plotting involved all star classes as way points.

Since my tank volume of 128t is huge enough, I shouldn’t have to face major problems resulting from too less fuel stars en route. Nevertheless I frequently had to check my course on the GalMap to be sure to have a scoop-able Fuel Star on route and in reach. On one occasion, I had to change the plotted route manually to reach a Fuel Star two jumps out of the plotted course due to the reason the plotted course would have had a dead end leaving me stranded without fuel in a system without any refuel possibility. Crossing this region with less of 64t of tank volume might be impossible first and even more so, if the jump range of the used ship would be too small: All I can state is, that 49ly of jump range, a 128t tank capability (one additional 64t tank installed) and route-awareness enable the crossing of this region; I guess, one of these points missing or not matched would render the crossing at least unfeasible.

When I followed the first part of the described route reaching CHEIA DRYOAE NK-O 826-0 the run felt like a ‘Brown Dwarf Highway’ due to the fact, most stars I passed were Brown Dwarfs. Thankfully not all of the systems I saw contained a Brown Dwarf only. From this system I altered the main direction of my course towards the South heading back towards the Eastern parts of Formorian Frontier, heading for the center of the galaxy. This chosen direction would lead me further on through The Velis and the Arcadian Stream, crossing the Styx towards the central regions of the Milky Way.

As mentioned above, this route characteristics remained unchanged until I reached the southern edge of the Styx Gap thousands of light years further on towards the South and West – due to a LRR I went back several thousand light years towards the west on 25th April 3305.

One more remark about these regions should be made: Neutron Stars seem rare in this region, which at least adds to the number of jumps needed to pass through.

Salomé's Moon – On The Edge

Salomé's Moon – On The Edge

OEVASY SG-Y D0 (Arrival at this system: 23th April 3305; 03:30hrs)

Journey To The Edge of the Galaxy as well as the Capabilities of my Beluga Liner

The most distant object from Sol and the bubble inside the Elite Galaxy is Salomé’s Moon, which is also given the name Salomé's Reach. The official generic catalog entry for this body is Oevasy SG-Y d0 B 9 F. The moon had a distance of 135.585,33 ls on my arrival.

This Moon, named after Salomé also known as the Imperial Senator Kahina T. Loren, indeed is the most distant object from the bubble if the constellation of moons around the Gas Giant is the right one, which it was, when I arrived at the planetary system.

The position of Salomé’s Reach in its planetary system during arrival: this image proofs Salomè’s Moon was located in most different position during my arrival; the screenshot was taken on arrival, the ship heading from the main star towards the ringed Gas Giant and its six moons.

This moon is the outermost moon and sixth object of the ninth planet of this system, an icy body fully covered under a shell of ice, rock hard and white in color on its surface. This ice cover shows a great number of cracks, which vary from golden yellow to a bright brown color: a remarkable and rare, maybe unique sight. The ice also forms a topology of mountains, hills and valleys where not cut by cracks.

Planning my route to Salomé's Reach involved the synthesis of numerous FSD injections. According to my calculation I would have needed three to four Grade 1, one Grade 2 and one Grade 3 FSD injections for one way (there), which then results in double the amount of injections when intending to return on the same route (6 to 8 G1; 2 G2 and 2 G3 injections).

One general problem navigating my Beluga, Ahab’s Desire, through the low density star-fields of the Abyss (region) and along the edge of the Milky Way is given in the mass of the vessel. Since my recent jump range (including the fuel and repair limpet controllers) varies from 49.7 to 53.9 ly according to the fill level of my two 64t tanks. To reach a jump range of slightly above 50ly I would have to carry less than 50% of the total capacity, which is less than 64 tonnes. Carrying more fuel would mean carrying more mass resulting in lower jump range and a higher possibility of being unable to find a route along the edge of the Milky Way.

This navigational problem becomes even harder due to some impact of the game mechanic: I had to use FSD injections even when the recent jump range was above the distance towards the target system whenever the difference was less than approximately 1 to 1.5 ly. Luckily I kept sufficient materials in stock to be able to do so.

My journey from Beagle Point towards the first system of the final leg of the route to Salomé’s Reach went effortless and without any problem: 14 jumps from Beagle to Myeia Thaa RI-B d13-1. I kept the fuel level nice and low under the upper margin of 60 tonnes.

The Black: A view through the cockpit pane easily can look like the following image – Emptiness, Blackness, Nowhere To Go

On my way back I, when returning to Myeia Thaa RI-B d13-1, I took slightly more fuel during scooping than intended; it was a long way, plenty of hours navigating through the Blackness of the Abyss and now I scooped too much, filling too much mass into my tanks: plotting a route back towards Beagle Point failed. I was carrying too much mass, at least for one of the jumps en route.

My solution was as follows: I plotted a route roughly towards half distance: 16 jumps in a wildly indirect course. During these jumps I burned as much Hydrogen Fuel as possible without scooping.

The fuel management through the Abyss sometimes is counter-intuitive due to the mentioned reasons; it is a real challenge to move a Beluga thus far out and along the edge.

It worked, after the 16 jumps I was able to plot a route towards Beagle Point, where I safely landed the Beluga at 04:41 (Galaxy Time).

My touch down on the surface of Salomé’s Moon succeeded at 03:30 hrs, 23rd April 3305; the following links do show a few screenshots of this most distant object and its surface:

Details of the last leg of the route (all dates are the 23rd APR 3305):

  • System Name-------------------Dist. Next Jump / FSD Inject / 1. Arrival / 2. Arrival

  • Myeia Thaa RI-B d13 1---------50.17 / G1 / 02:19 / 04:06

  • Myeia Thaa QI-B d13 0---------37 / none / 02:22 / 04:02

  • Myeia Thaa QI-B d13-----------50.31 / G1 / 02:24 / 04:00

  • Myeia Thaa UO-Z d13 0--------56.14 / G1 / 02:30 / 03:58

  • Ceeckaea QK-C d14 0----------66.33 / G2 / 02:35 / 03:56

  • Oevasy MA-A d0----------------53.69 / G1 / 02:46 / 03:44

  • Oevasy NA-A d0----------------82.68 / G3 / 02:50 / 03:50

  • Oevasy RG-Y d0-----------------50.07 / G1 / 02:53 / 03:47

  • Oevasy SG-Y d0-----------------50.07 / G1 / 03:00
The Abyss

Passing the Border between Formorian Frontier and Abyss Regions

Using the Beluga Liner Ahab‘s Desire, I was able to enter the Abyss on 22nd April 3305 at 21:14. The star field density thins out and the pilot on the dangerous mission to traverse the Abyssal Plain is challenged.

Thomanski Point - 22nd APR 3305

Formorian Frontier – Tourist Beacon 0708 – Thomanski Point

22nd April, 3305

Relatively lose to the border of the Formorian Frontier Region to the Abyss the Thomanski Point Memorial can be found orbiting an earth like world at the system Slaiyooe OX-L D70.

Reaching here, I got a really refreshing site after traveling through the dark Formorian Frontier, the Styx Gap and thousands of light years through mostly very empty space.

I arrived at Thomanski Point at approximately 19:42 hrs. My route followed a sequence of non-scoopable stars, mostly Brown Dwarfs, from CHUA EOP ZC-T C20-0 to this system. During this journey I passed the point of half a million ly of total travel distance.

Due to the high possibility of multiple Brown Dwarfs or T-Tauri stars during traveling in this part of the Formorian Frontier a huge tank capacity and frequent refueling is mandatory to cross this area.

Thomanski Point is a memorial for Commander Thomanski himself, who passed away when reaching this system on his return route from Beagle Point; as well it might be seen as a reminder and to honor not the pioneering pilot Thomanski but all we left behind during the challenges and adventures of exploring, all, who constantly followed their visions to shape the human history, a journey of science, discovery and to always new frontiers of knowledge, space and time.

The following images show the message of Tourist Beacon 0708 as well as the some impressions of the Site:

Next Stop: Beagle Point in a distance of 6868.68ly of my recent position at Thomanski Pont: o7 see you in space, Commanders.

CHARON'S Torch -- M-Stars inside Neutron Cones

DWE3305: Journey Between Way Points 10 and 11


I name this system: CHARON's TORCH

During the last days I did navigate the Beluga, Ahab’s Desire, from Explorer’s Anchorage to the various way points of the Distant Worlds Expedition 3305 (DW2).

I did not follow the sequence of way points during catching up with the fleet; Explorer’s Anchorage is given the way point number 7. From this location I traveled the DWE2 way points in the following order:

  • WP 9: Phroi Bluae QI-E3 3454 arrival at approx 00:50hrs on 15th April 3305

  • WP 10: Bleethuae NI-B D674 arrival at approx 03:32hrs on 15th April 3305

  • Dryuae BRU WK-D D13-92 arrival approx 23:00hrs 15th April; In this system I rescued Commander Barnard, who got stuck with his Phantom en route towards the various DW2 way points; he was low on oxygen and the Fuel Rat protocol worked out and he could have been saved. I started towards his location from the surface of Phraa Byoe AM-M B52-54 B A, where I investigated a geological surface signal source; during the 67 jumps towards Barnard I did very less exploration due to the urgency, with such a call for a rescue mission. This star system is positioned 754.84ly south of DWE2 WP8 and to Sol there are 37363.54 ly.

  • WP08 Swoalis IL-Y E0 arrival 15th April 3305 - Morphemiel Nebula

  • Dryiqua SO-Z D13-3 arrival at approx 00:15hrs on 19th April 3305

(in-game time for each date above is 2 hours earlier due to summertime in my time zone)

Relatively close to WP 10 I found an interesting system named BLEIA FLYUAE TO-R D4-8.

There I found a system consisting out of one neutron star and 3 M-class stars. The interesting and surprising fact about this system is the distance between the neutron star, which is object A, and the two closer M-Stars (objects B and C): When I entered the system, the cones of the neutron star reached out towards and into the Exclusive Zones (EZ) of B and C star, in fact covering the orbits of both M-stars.

During this time, the centers of the neutron and the B-star were 3ls (light seconds) apart from each other and one of the cones of the neutron reached at the EZ of the M-class star B.

Due to the fact, the neutron’s cones are not positioned orthogonal to its orbit around the two M-class stars with their orbits nearly inside one plain the two M-class stars (B and C) seem to travel through one of the cones of the neutron. From my scooping position I could measure the following distances:

  • Center of Bleia Flyuae TO-R D4-8 A (neutron): 1.44 ls
  • Center of Bleia Flyuae TO-R D4-8 B (M-class): 2.34 ls
  • Center of Bleia Flyuae TO-R D4-8 C (M-class): 13.4 ls
  • Center of Bleia Flyuae TO-R D4-8 D (M-class): 6610 ls
Fast Revolving Worlds and a Gas Giant Nearly as Huge as its Sun: PREA FLYI ZL-T B50-8

Fast Revolving Worlds and a Gas Giant Nearly as Huge as its Sun

PREA FLYI ZL-T B50-8 (Arrival at this system: 17th April; 14:04hrs)

I navigated the Beluga Liner, Ahab’s Desire, on a long ascent from DWE2 WP 08, which is Sowalis IL-Y E0) towards the Morphemiel Nebula, where I was heading for Dryiquae SO-Z D13-3). The chosen and calculated route towards the Galactic Plain equaled a distance of approximately 11kly.

The system Prea Flyi zl-t b50-8, which is located on the first half of this route, consists of 3 stars; the second star is a Brown Dwarf. Visiting this system, it becomes clear, why Brown Dwarf Stars are called dwarfish: the innermost planet around this Brown Dwarf (the star B of this system) is a Gas Giant, which is nearly as massive and voluminous as its star. If there would have been more mass to be concentrated in this gas giant it would have become a Brown Dwarf itself. But this did not happen when the system was created by the forces of gravity:

Some mass was missing to form a second Brown Dwarf; instead it appears like the matter, which could have contributed to such a process, were concentrating around a different point of the Accretion Disk, where a second, a ringed, Gas Giant was formed, which attracted materials being pulled away from the region of the existing Brown Dwarf.

When arriving at the system I also was looking for a landing site, which I found on planet A1. This planet A1 is a highly metal rich, rocky world, the first planet of the star A. On an orbit further out A1 was also accompanied by a twin, due to the fact planet A2 was a highly metal rich, rocky world of similar type.

But planet A1 was special in one aspect: with its close and fast orbit it was revolving very fast around star A; one revolution (one orbit) around its star takes exactly one day. This results in an orbital speed fast enough to be directly observed on approach.

During approach A1 visibly and quickly changed its orbital position at low supercruise speeds:




Some more mpressions from a geologigal surface signal site on A1:

C2C - First Journey - Entries until 17th March; 01:47hrs

C2C (part 2)

Exploring Space Areas between Explorers and Colonia – On my Way There

The huge window panes of a Beluga were made for this:

Mid March I did start my way towards Colonia: I wished to explore new and more routes between Explorer‘s Anchorage and Colonia itself.

The first leg of the route:

Here Are some Impressions of this journey from Explorer's Anchorage to Colonia:

According to the vision, I followed this route to possibly make it happen sooner or later. [The short version of the vision is: Some day, new impulses from the new, now very young systems in their infancy might affect future change on the origins in the bubble, possibly saving mankind from its extinction. To find its full description refer to my entry of 30th March 3305]

Some more impressions of the way towards Colonia:

For the first leg of the journey I followed a direction with Andromeda kept inside my view; Andromeda can be seen from everywhere inside the Milky Way and always is a nice ‘landmark’.

I found a Metallic World, Hypoe Pruae OM-U D3-5534, which presented a beautiful, stunning landscape, where I stood over night:

This was my way there. Later, once I would have arrived at Colonia, I would return towards the core region short off Explorer‘s Anchorage, then turning for a (successful) Long Range Rescue towards the southern hemisphere of the Milky Way – nearly 12kly away from my position.

Approasching and Reaching Colonia:

After finishing this rescue and heading (again) towards Colonia, I called for one more rescue mission with its destination one jump short of Giles Station at Colonia‘s mini bubble. This totally fitted the plan, unless I would have very less opportunity for exploration on my way there.

Finally, when saved one more pilot, I arrived at Giles Station. Touch Down at Giles Station was on March 17th; 01:47hrs.

From this position (Giles Station) I would head back towards Explorer‘s Anchorage – including a third (successful) mission on the way.

A Vision - Hopes Remain [Activity at the Center and Beyond (Pt 2)]

Journey from Center to Colonia (C2C) part 1

Once finished the mining CG intended to develop Explorer's Anchorage (refer to the part related to the Beluga Miner) I decided to make a visit at Colonia.

When I started from Giles Station (Colonia) last October, I traversed the arms of the Milkey Way south to the bulge and the Center Region in a relatively straight line without visiting the central regions.

I easily could have made my way towards SagA but I didn't.

For now, I decided to go this way from the opposite direction, exploring the regions to cross and pave a way between these two points.

Since I made this way by classical navigation using neutron boost as a route option, this possibly would give me the opportunity to add new parts to the  evolving net of ‚Neutron Highways', taking part in the mapping of new branches and helping commanders in the future to find fast neutron routes through space (if wanted).

Since the construction of Explorer's Anchorage and the possibility of the growth of a third mini-bubble, there might be some need for better explored routes on these branches.

As well as I do hope for more independent systems away from the bubble, I am willing to take my part in the realization of this vision. Helping with the CGs to construct Explorer's Anchorage as well as developing it, I explore the landscape in which the independent systems  might spread out to unfold the vision in space and time.

Somehow it feels like the colonization of the North American continent: From a few known hot spots and anchor points humans explore unknown territories to create a new, independant society, where humans are able to prosper free of any influences of the old powers, which seem to have reached a climax so far, now being stalled in their own concurrences and threatened by the Thargoids.   Some day, new impulses from the new, now very young systems in their infancy might affect future change on the origins in the bubble, possibly saving mankind from its extinction.

Activity at the Center and Beyond (Pt 1)

After finally reaching Explorer's Anchorage, there were some days left until the mining CG for the enhancement of the station would have been initiated. The aim: pushing it to a higher level of construction with more services for the pilots arriving here after their long and lonely journeys through the vast spaces of the Milky Way.

The Beauty of Central Systems

I decided to move as high as possible over the galactic plain to gain the stunning view over the spiral arms and the bulge. I got some views from higher vantage points during the days before.

After analyzing the possible routes to the – so far - highest known system above the plain level, I found out (and was advised by fellow commanders) I needed at least a jr of 66ly to successfully complete such a task: The problem was and is not to reach the target system, since neutron boosts allow to reach that system easily. The point is to be able to return from that system back to areas with a denser star field.

I checked my material storage and found out there were enough resources to synthesize grade 3 FSD injections, which allow a 100% raise in jump range. The problem remained: Since my Beluga's jump range is good enough for reaching 48.8 to 52 ly with one jump, which, by using Jumponium (FSD injection), means a maximum Hyperspace range of approximately 100ly, I am not able to make the jump back from the intended target system(s) to the first system(s) towards the plain on the way back. There is no neutron star to be found in the target system. Very few jumps prevented me from going there (highest elevated system above the galactic plain as known so far).

So I did work out an alternate route to a system as high above the galactic plain as I could get using the Beluga. I found the following system: Quemeou YE-A D17 (as shown in the link below). I did reach that target system at approximately 23:20hrs.

A Possible Route

On my ascent over the galactic plain I invited CMD Hannah to my crew. She was new in the ED universe and as a member of my crew (Multi Crew) she was able to enjoy the view over the galactic plain and the Central region with its dense star fields.

I do not know how much of the exploration money she could claim when returning to Explorer's Anchorage but I hope she got the whole sum as well, which is very helpful for a new commander; I need to ask her if I meet her again.

The following night I stayed at Explorer's Anchorage at my favorite bar; this time, the personal there knew my taste even though not all luxuries are served at this station laying deep into uninhabited space. On the other hand I prefer these casual places: No snobs in this place, no persons blending and thinking being of highest importance, no FEDs, who think they were ruling humanity, no high born lords of the IMPs, who sometimes tend to think mankind were here to serve their comforts. Please, don't get me wrong, I am not saying they all were the same but there are some patterns of behavior to be found with specific characters existing on both sides, resulting in much more similarities of these super powers than each would admit.

Explorer's Anchorache as an independent, democratic society provides a resting place for everyone, who is mad enough, encouraged enough, capable enough, bold enough to reach this place and these characters can be found in every faction serving each super power. I, myself, was given the rank of an Admiral of the Federation as well as the title King of the Empire. There are all types of characters on each side, for sure but the point is: to have made it to Explorer's Anchorage at this time needs a specific, capable type of commander and there are very, very few, if not none, foul characters among this group, no big mouth', no wanna-bes.

So, at this time, Explorer's Anchorage is a great place despite of the lack of luxuries. I do hope it will remain like this for as long as possible.

The next day I decided to make a round trip around the central systems of the Milky Way. The exploration of these systems might be helpful as well to find places, where good mining spots of the coming CG can be found.

Beluga Mining (pt II) - What Else to be Mentioned

What else to mention?

During the third day of the four mining days, I met my fellow pilot Skywayter, who was busy at mining Bauxite as well. After an hour of doing so together, I made the calculation and found: the spot we were working at, was not as rich as the claim I found for myself. So we discussed that matter and were swapping over to the mining location two jumps further out (one jump for CMD Skywayter using his Anaconda with a longer jump range than the Beluga).

After about ten minutes Skywayter having gained nearly 20 tonnes Bauxite confirmed a much faster mining process. Due to some real life responsibilities, I had to leave and landed the Beluga one the innermost moon to the gas giant, which is following the edge of the ring.

The small moon at the edge of the ring: a welcome resting place:

My Second Day of Core-Mining-Project: Supporting a LRR

This day of me as a miner was nearly finished. I followed Ratchat, the IRC the Fuel Rats establish their communication with. I was following the chatter on this channel, when a case came in: It was a LRR case. LRR is the Fuel Rats abbreviation for ‘Long Range Rescue’.

The client in this case got stranded deep into the Formidine Rift, a region I had visited a few weeks before: a couple of days after the DW2 CG at waypoint 2, Omega Mining, was finished.

There was only one rat assigned for this case, NivisOwl, a young rat, a rat, who just had joined the squadron, on his first LRR, being about to travel these regions for his first time.

The Formidine Rift is the contrary to the core regions: very less star systems and a lot of perm locked systems. CMD NivisOwl was clever enough to ask about some support for the route plotting due to the fact he was searching for the entry into the Formidine and a workable route. Nivis used an Imperial Cutter with a jump range of 45.8 ly, which was not making the job easier.

I gave him all the information about the perm locked systems as well as the entry and exit systems I did find before. In addition I sent him the URL to my EDSM travel map to guide him through the dark regions he had to travel.

As well I showed and explained the spansh-route plotter to support him further on but did not forget to mention, the plotter might fail due to the nature of The Formidine Rift with its low star field density and probably vast unexplored and locked areas.

Also I gave him the essential information of how to ride a neutron’s cone to supercharge the FSD drive, including the YT-link of CMD Exigeous very well done training source “Tutorial: Neutron Star Jumps & The Neutron Superhighway”.

It turned out, the fellow rat was not carrying an AFMU, which shall be used to maintain the FSD, which suffers during the process of super scooping. On the other hand, I plotted a route using Spansh’s index plotter and found out, there were only six neutrons for one way, resulting in probably 12 neutron jumps, which might not tear the FSD too much down – less than 90% integrity should be avoided while super scooping. As well, there always is the possibility of plotting a route using the GalMap without the option of neutron cone boost.

As a matter of fact, the route plotting through The Formidine Rift always is a challenge, even to the most experienced pilots. Due to this, during the following night I supported Nivis with the route plotting: one of his problems were some glitches of the index plotter making an easy plotting impossible.

So we stayed in contact during the next hours (from around 01:00 until 10 past five, when I was sure Nivis were able to manage on his own, which he perfectly did during the coming hours.

The next day, when I asked, if Nivis were good, he first sent me the GalMap screen shot showing his position in the target system, where the client was saved:

-- (log transmission) --

_Aldarion_3TwoAlpha Hope you could manage the navigation through the Formidine Rift. It is different from navigating in areas with average or high star field density - it always is challenging.

NivisOwl[PC] thanks to you :D

Aldarion_3TwoAlpha I'll check, gimme a sec, pls - I just returned from work and had a too short N8 :)

NivisOwl[PC] no hurry :)

Aldarion_3TwoAlpha Well done, you reached the client. :DD \0/ \0/ \0/ \0/

NivisOwl[PC] now i just need to wait for them to show up, got 4 more hours :D

Aldarion_3TwoAlpha Yeah, that is common for LRR... I am happy you made it :)

NivisOwl[PC] wouldnt have made it without your help :D NivisOwl[PC] thanks a lot :)

Aldarion_3TwoAlpha Plus, one thing of ED: one always is learning something new in some place one never thought of before :)

NivisOwl[PC] this is true :) Aldarion_3TwoAlpha I might be a slow rat with not too many first limpets but I have my moments, some stuff I know from playing the game for a long time - literally since 1986 :)

NivisOwl[PC] :O you played the original? one sec, ill be back :)

Aldarion_3TwoAlpha So, being a FuelRat, I try to support, that is true for fellow rat as well - I support you as a fellow plus I take a part in rescuing an explorer, who is scared to death to loose all that valuable data he or she gathered during days, weeks, maybe month.

It is worth the effort, even though I did not hear the alarm this morning :) So we - the FR - did manage to save one more soul and keep a player in game :D NivisOwl[PC] \o/ thanks for your support :) hopefully the rest of the rescue goes by smoothly

Aldarion3TwoAlpha Let me know, when you are back, safely, pls.

-- (end of log transmission) --

As a remark, last night NivisOwl returned to the bubble safely.