On this site we will bring you current featured observation reports for selected GeoServ Observers
Our featured observer is Senior Geologist Cathy Rodriguez officer in command of the survey ship Theta-Carmalite.
SenGeo Rodriguez has had frequent exposure as our featured observer as she continues her six year mission. As an example of the type of missions the SenGeo has performed and the reports she files we have included some elements from her current mission and included her very popular report comments. The actual data dumps from the reports remain confidential along with the identity of her current mission location. This is for the protection of the observed location and the mission’s integrity:
Mission Date: 3678-12-23. Nearly Christmas, how about a new ship for me? Nice present.
Population: Report 234986: Comment: Main humanoid species bipedal approximately two hundred million persons, unable to verify on local census system due to security barriers but scanning supports that figure. Unencrypted open radio communications, closed fibre based IT networks, microwaves. Some fossil fuel use rapidly replaced by fusion provided electric power. No military evident, near dictatorship government, stringent population control applied but too late, food shortages likely. Think China circa 21st century and the Great Famine. Some remaining religion, with varying belief systems one group worships the moons. Government is technocrat in nature. Space exploration at solar system stage, monitoring, weather, communications and new solar power testing. Severe disruption to all orbiting systems is due with convergence.
Physiology: Report 234987: Comment: Taller than humans by about half a metre but still bipedal, don’t think we have found an advanced lifeform that isn’t yet. Five digits on hands and feet but no opposable thumb on hands. Faces are narrower and the nose nostrils are separated, from some angles it looks like they have two noses. Eyes slant downwards at the outsides, colour spectrum is similar to ours. Mouth is smaller and with fewer teeth. They don’t smile much, must be in a bad mood, but they do laugh, swear and cry. They have hair more than humans, I know I don’t at the moment. No shaving but the facial hair doesn’t grow very long, more a light covering. Pictures show it’s all over their bodies but not for warmth as they live in the tropics and they dress. Clothes follow fashions and generally consist of trousers and overalls. No evidence of dresses or a fashion industry.
Secondary Population: Report 234988: Comment: large highly intelligent ocean borne predator. Think clever shark called translation SHAROK, crossed with a big whale. Detectors show very deep dwelling, these seas are deep but they come right up to surface for birds and other surface prey including attacking surface ships and humanoids. It’s mainly the Sharok’s planet but no tech.
The place is nearly all ocean so lots of fish, some birds, few reptiles although the Sharok has more reptilian traits and biology as far as I can tell. Very limited mammals, probably due to landmass restriction, humanoid development hunted many species as fishing is dangerous. Near earth like atmosphere, maybe I should visit? Just kidding.
Gravity on main planet fractionally higher than Earth OK 1.021% as if it really matters.
Other observations as I go along.
Language: Report 234989: Comment: Single language in use with some island specific local dialects. Linguistic analysis indicates translator able to cope. Patched into their comms circuits listening to impending preparations for disaster. Have CCTV from inside one main control room. Language is very blunt and not a huge vocab’.
Numbers: Report 234990: Comment: They love their fives. They use Base 5 really confusing and the translator doesn’t always cope, so 11 = 6 in Base ten decimal notation. 26 is 101 and 126 is 1001. Kilo and mega are used as well but their meanings are different kilo is a block of five digits, which is 10000 or 625 in decimal, 5 raised to the power of four. A mega is 5 raised to the power of 9 which is 1,953,125 in decimal or 10000 00000 in base five and two blocks of five digits. So a number expressed as 1m3 is 13000 00000 base five in long hand and equals 3.125 million decimal. Confused? So am I.
Time: Report 234991: Comment: There is 25 (decimal 100 base 5) hour day in five sections Sec 10:00 is sec-two but 10:00 would be written as 20 in Base five so 11 O’clock is 21 in base five and sec-two-one in speech. In actual elapsed time the 24 hour day is roughly equivalent to an earth 22 hours relative time which is the spin rate of the planet on its axis. The year lasts 624, in decimal, days approximately with a leap year needed every fifth year, (4444 base five). This constitutes a complete solar orbit. The year is split into five seasons (444 base five) and each season five weeks of five days.
Because the population live around the equator and there is only a minor 0.25 degree axis tilt there are in decimal 11 hours of daylight and night with an approximate one hour period at each end to cover twilight and dawn.
Planetary system description withheld for security reasons