Quantum Vibe
Strip 1035 of Quantum Vibe
Today on Quantum Vibe: Yep, it's Tau Ceti
Strip 1035 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Fri 2015-02-20
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Colors: Lea Jean Badelles
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Transcript For Strip 1035

Panel 1
The girls are standing next to a new version of the probe. It's a bit less elegant-looking than the previous one, with a lot of extra stuff on it.
Caption: Finally:
Nicole: Interferometer, spectrometer, mass detector, gamma-fluxometer, everything but the kitchen sink.
Murphy: I hope we haven't overlooked anything.
Panel 2
The girls walk away from the airlock door as the newest probe trundles into it.
Nicole: Oh, probably.
Nicole: We'll just have to take the surprises as they come.
Murphy: Agreed.
Panel 3
The girls at the monitor, Murphy is at the console again.
Murphy: Until we can get a handle on that flash effect, I'm sending the probe only up to 2,000 klicks, in the planetoid's shadow.
Nicole: But what if that sends it somewhere else?

Panel 4
Three-part panel, exterior view of the probe in space. In Part A, the probe is surrounded by the electric flash; in Part B, empty but for the star field; in Part C, the probe returns in another flash.
[Part A] Murphy (OP): I'll orient the craft the same way against the stellar background and hope for the best.
[Part B] no dialog
[Part C] Caption: 10 minutes later:
Panel 5
From behind the girls, looking at the monitor, showing the same 'sun' as previously.
Nicole: Spectral analysis of the sun matches that of Tau Ceti!
Murphy: 0.783 times Sol's mass, 0.794 times Sol's radius, confirmed.
Murphy: Assuming we are in fact 683.476 gigs away.
Nicole: What about that planet?
Panel 6
Medium 2-shot of the girls looking at the monitor.
Murphy: It's only half the mass of Jupiter. Projected orbit is highly eccentric.
Murphy: That matches up with the seventh known planet in that system.
Nicole: I think this cinches it we're looking at Tau Ceti.

Panel 7
The girls gazing at the monitor in wonder.
Murphy: I still can't believe it.
Nicole: Almost twelve light-years and back in just minutes.
Nicole: You know what this means?
Murphy: That we've gone completely delusional?
Panel 8
Nicole has turned and is grasping Murphy by the shoulders.
Nicole: No, silly, what it means is ...
Nicole: The Stars Are Ours!

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