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CAPTION: Finally, in December, a landing expedition was sent to make contact with the locals.
FRANCIS: Given the size of the land mass, it seems best to send the glider rather than using the space lift. The team will include two officers and three cadets.
BEN: Remember: We’re here to find out what’s become of the colonists, not to tell them about ourselves. Don’t volunteer any details unnecessarily.