This wasn't supposed to happen.
According to the old timers, the station had been abandoned years ago. So what was the rhythmic signature I was seeing on the scan — the one echoing on the overheads?
There shouldn't have been enough fuel for the pod to separate from the station. Much less propel it on a course straight at our port side.
I hailed all frequencies. Ran the biometric sweep. Nothing. It had been so long since we'd slept I'd be inclined to think I was imagining things. If it wasn't for that constant, unrelenting heartbeat.
The pod grew closer, accelerating. There was no stopping it now.
Stories of the day:
- iOS 7 reportedly behind schedule, but will come with a new look
- First traces of particles linked to dark matter found aboard International Space Station
- Disney shuts down LucasArts, will license 'Star Wars' brand to other developers
Today's 90 Seconds on The Verge was written by Bryan Bishop. All production magic is credited to John Lagomarsino.