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Mankind would hear from their neighbors again in 3553, but this time not with a message, but with a gift. A patrolling Saturian Scimitar-class cruiser, Impervious Honor, came across a unique signal pattern unfamiliar to Sol databases. In an act of caution, the Impervious Honor investigated the signal, believing it to be an Elysian reconnaissance probe. What it found, however, was far more startling than a design of enemy subterfuge.
What was brought to ALRAM, an advanced engineering firm on Venus, was immediately identified as Voyager II, a satellite that had be launched thousands of years prior to Man’s expansion beyond Earth. Voyager II had been lost as soon as it had left the heliopause and went silent, and how it had returned to Sol was beyond the understanding of anyone in that room. Further investigation would show that Voyager II had received upgrades, in the form of strange materials enhancing its structure and integrity, and software revisions that vastly improved its efficiency. To the surprise of everyone studying the device, it still had considerable power in its cells, a consequence of its improved design, it was even broadcasting the original frequencies it was given when it was first launched.
A deeper look at its transmitter would reveal that it was also broadcasting a new frequency, a strange cipher aimed for a specific location, the lane in which we received our first alien communication. After much deliberation, Sol Defense Union agreed that for the safety of Man, Voyager II must be shut down and dismantled. Though it was a comforting thought, no one truly believed that this would be the last evidence of life we would receive.