Titanic's Last Departure I
On 14 April 2250 the luxury interstellar passenger liner Titanic departed from its orbit around Van de Kamp gas giant orbiting the Barnard's Star, back towards the Earth. A couple of minutes after jumping to the FTL speed she hit an uncharted ice asteroid. The energy shield saved the ship from an instant annihilation but it exploded 20 minutes after the accident, killing the majority of the passanger and the crew. The high casualty rate was due in part to the fact that, although complying with the regulations of the time, the spaceship did not carry enough rescue pods for everyone aboard.
Six years after the accident, Earth received a digital radio pattern, containing a series of various holograms from the ship. The images were taken during the cruise, some of them only moments before the tragic departure, probably by a news-droid.
The first one in my series of illustrations Titanic's Last Departure.
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