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Final Approach

A multinational team launch a rescue and recovery mission to find out what happened to a manned probe as it returns from a deep space mission.

Catagory: Role Playing Game
System: Call of Cthulhu 
Duration: 4 hours
Players: 6-8

Age: 16+ 
Setting: 2020's - Space
Style: Investigation - Action
??? Violence
??? Survivability
Some experience recommended

The year is 2021, a multinational team of astronauts and cosmonauts have been sent to Mars in the first of a proposed three part mission to explore the red planet for a possible permanent station and maybe even a colony in the near future.
The first phase was to send a small, manned team, aboard the spacecraft, Longspear, to Mars and make landfall. These would be the first people from earth to have ever stepped onto the surface of another planet in the solar system and the first to land on an extra-terrestrial surface since the lunar landings in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

The mission was successful. The lander made a soft landing on the surface of Mars and the crew took measurements, soil samples and surveyed the area for seismic stability and suitability for a base site. They made regular reports and send thousands of images and gigabytes of data back to Earth. They successfully launched off the surface of Mars and rendezvoused with the orbiter module and were on their way back home after thirteen months into their mission. The return trip was expected to take three months and there was no reason to think anything was wrong, or to expect any complications.

Then the spacecraft Longspear suddenly stopped sending any communications. At first it was thought to be solar flare activity or perhaps a minor failure of the equipment. Later it was noticed that they had also made no course corrections for several days either. It was quickly decided that the second phase could be rushed and the mission parameters could be changed from setting up a communications array and small habitat module on Mars to a rescue mission. The time table would have to be moved up a bit but the team was already assigned and just needed to be prepped for a rescue op instead of the regular mission, or, more accurately, in addition to. They would be sent out to rendezvous with the Longspear aboard the phase two ship, the Traveller, and either repair the Longspear and get it back to full function and continue with their original mission, or rescue the crew and return them home to Earth.

What happened to the Longspear and its crew? Why have they stopped responding and making needed curse corrections? Can you survive the Longspear’s Final Approach?

 

authored by- Tom Arnott

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