Destination: Unterplanet Alectrona

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Date: December 16, 2053 A.D.
Time: 1103
Location: Mission Control Center, Johnson Space Center, Houston, U.S.A
Beam Destination: Unterplanet Alectrona
Beaming Distance: 16,606,501,585 km / 111 A.U. from Earth

It was coming to almost fifteen hours and twenty minutes since the photon beam teleporting astronaut Capt. Frank Abrams towards unterplanet Alectrona has been launched. The beam is expected to reach the Alectrona Exploration Space Station (ESS) soon. As a matter of fact, in five minutes time. The tenseness in the fifty odd manned Mission Control Center was getting real high. Mission Director John Callaway was watching intensely up the giant monitor screen in the mission control hall.

This will be mankind’s most ambitious space travel ever, their farthest. Till date, the furthest space-teleportation man succeeded was to Mars first done back in 2035. But that was just two hundred million kilometers. A mere eighty two times less than what they are trying to accomplish now. The consolation is, Callaway knows they weren’t the only ones that were uptight. He knows down at the White House, President Carlton and his executives will be equally anxious observing.

Destination: Unterplanet Alectrona is a high profile mission commissioned by the Commander-in-Chief personally. The dwarf planet Alectrona, named after the Greek goddess of dawn, was stumbled upon one early summer’s morning in 2037 by the Kendall Space Observatory in Arizona. It was the last planetary object that was discovered within our system when no one thought there were any more.

Then in 2039, Voyager 7, passing Alectrona, took close-up images. To NASA’s astonishment, images of complex-like structures were captured. To confirm the images, the ESS was urgently dispatched although still untested. - The nuclear powered superspeed ESS, fully equipped with planet observatory facilities, exploration rovers, travel shuttles and also a teleportation portal; took thirteen years just to reach the outer orbit of Alectrona. Owing to this tremendous travelling speed, it was unstable for man travelling. It was therefore unmanned. A manned flight would have had also needed double the travelling time.

Exploration rovers were then sent down onto Alectrona’s ground. More startling findings surfaced. Ground images of the complex structure shows block structures similar to what was seen back at the Pumapunku, Bolivia and exactly. This prompted the urgency to teleport man onto the mission. More need to be find out.

The photon beam teleportation first involves scanning the traversing man recognizing his atoms configurations and then encoding all of them. It then goes down to encode the sub-atomic particles of the atoms; its protons, electrons and neutrons. Scrutinous encodings are critical here as to ensure all particles will be rightfully reconnected at the body mass reformation of the man at arrival later.

With the encoding done, the breakdown of the man’s body mass then begins. The teleportation portal will now convert the man’s body down into his atoms structure first. Then into his sub-atomic configurations and before finally down into photons presence all ready for teleportation beaming. To be beamed towards its destination

Two test chimps had been sent out to the Alectrona ESS - seven and five days ago. Both arrived. But at body reformation stage, both chimps disintegrated quickly within three minutes. Their final mass stabilization procedures were unable to be performed quickly enough as controlled activation from mission control was delayed due to lapse of distance. The sight of their crumbling bodies were horrendous. Their mass just collapsed completely. Crushed.

That’s what most troubled Mission Director Callaway. Stabilization is still very much untested. Other than his facts finding mission, astronaut Capt. Abrams is more or less a human test here. If successful, only then two more spacemen will be joining him later.

“Hope Frank will be alright,” Callaway thought deep still gazing at the giant monitor screen as the photon beam was close to reaching its destination.

“John, beam is reaching ESS Photon Receptors in two minutes,” informed Stan Leeway, the Beam Trajectory Controller.

“Good,” the mission director replied very short.

The fifty odd men of mission control all watches on even more intently now, alike their chief.

“Get ready for countdown,” Callaway then instructed - come sixty seconds to go.

“Sixty, Fifty Nine, Fifty Eight…,” counted on downwards Leeway. The tenseness inside the hall just inches up as every second downed. Callaway bit hard his lower lip.

“….Five, Four, Three, Two…Touch down!!!”

The ESS’s teleportation portal tube as panned on by the Mission Control’s giant screen now went actively abuzz. Frantic atomic fusion was taking place as the astronaut’s body mass began its reformation. Soon, in twenty seconds, the man’s body mass has now completely reformed. However there were no euphoria yet at the control center. They know rejoice was still too early.

“Frank, can you hear me?!” the mission director asked.

The astronaut in the visual gave a soft nod.

“Good. Now, you’ll need to proceed on with the stabilization procedures,” quickly instructed Callaway.

The astronaut reaches out to the control panel of the teleportation portal. The captain quickly activates, punches in the coordinates. Time is crucial, he knew. A radiant white electron wave streamed down onto his body.

“Stabilization countdown,” ordered Callaway.

“Counting down. Hundred Nineteen, Hundred Eighteen, Hundred Seventeen….,” Leeway counted while the many other controllers monitored the condition statistics of the astronaut.

“Stabilization stats looking good, John,” called out one.

Exactly ninety seconds on, the stabilization procedure stopped. Twenty more seconds to go - to confirm stability. High anxiety moments now down at the mission control hall. Only Leeway’s countdown now was heard.

“Twenty, Nineteen....Three, Two, One.” Countdown completed. The hall was now in absolute silence. All eyes set still on the astronaut.

“John, I think we are good,” pronounced the stabilization controller few seconds on.

“Frank, are you OK?” asked Callaway.

The astronaut raised his thumbs and gave a smile.

The hall erupted into loud cheers and claps. Callaway blew out a breath of relief. They’ve made it.

About the Author: 
The author assents to how Niels Bhor puts it, “If Quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.” That’s exactly why he appreciates Quantum Physics. He writes as a hobby and a number of his shorts had been featured in his country’s top English daily.

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