System 79 Probe Report
This complex system comprises five M-class red dwarf stars, 10 planets and 32 major satellites. The two most massive stars, alpha and
beta, orbit one-another at a separation of 84.3 light minutes. The next two most massive stars, gamma and delta, orbit one-another at a
separation of 22.0 light hours. This gamma-delta binary orbits the primary alpha-beta binary at a separation of 149.9 light hours. Also
orbiting the primary binary is the lightest star, epsilon, at a current separation of 195.2 light hours. The eccentric orbit of epsilon,
however, should take it close to the main binary approximately once every seven thousand years.
Orbiting the star 79-epsilon are two gas giant planets and one dwarf planet (planets 8, 9 and 10). The two giants support three major
satellites. Despite the fact that two moons of 79-epsilon-1 are within the habitable zone, one appears to be dry, rocky and barren, whilst
the other is covered in a layer of frost. This latter satellite possibly undergoes periodic heating due to tidal forces, periodically acquiring a
thin, seasonal and ephemeral atmosphere.
Orbiting around the most massive star, 79-alpha, are two supergiant planets (planets 4 and 5) supporting a total of 18 major satellites.
Orbiting star 79-beta is a supergiant planet and a dwarf planet, both with no major satellites. Likely the complex orbits resulting in
satellites being ripped away from the supergiant planet. We speculate that the dwarf planet was a former satellite of the supergiant.
Key feature for further exploration: 79-alpha-1-S3
Orbiting around the main alpha-beta binary are three planets in peripheral orbits (P-orbits) and two supergiants orbiting alphs and a
further supergiant, and dwarf planet, orbiting beta. The two planets orbiting alpha support 11 major moons. One of these moons,
79-alpha-1-S3 is of particular interest. Its tolerable conditions and spectral signature indicate the possibility of life on this moon.
Send a robot drone or landing party to explore the surface of 79-alpha-1-S3.
1. Set a course for a new target system
2. Explore 79-alpha-beta-1-S3