Public Affairs Office Personnel Profiles:
Sam Archer   |   Tessa Kensington   |   Cassie Queen

Monday, May 18

Sunset Over The Forests Of NYC

There was a stunning sunset over our New York base camp tonight. Earth 2 may be revealing hints of a disturbing past, but the beauty of this place can take your breath away.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Sunday, May 17

Earth 2: A Grim Fate

New discoveries have been coming to light down here on the surface of Earth 2. In the last two days, our New York teams have found clear evidence of a large 400-year-old anonymous-burial cemetery in what would have been the northern areas of Central Park. Thousands of memorial markers have been found at those locations.

In London, our teams have discovered additional medical triage areas in the city’s subway tunnels, suggesting even more widespread medical activity below the city streets. Two large underground rooms have also been discovered that appear to have been makeshift morgues. Similar areas are being found under NYC as well.

In Paris, some still-standing debris has also been discovered that appears to contain the faded remnants of medical quarantine warnings. Most of this evidence is almost completely worn away, but they do appear to have existed at one time.

A large cemetery has been discovered in San Francisco as well. In addition, there are indications that vast refugee cities may have been constructed outside the city. Evidence of large-scale occupation is abundant, and would seem to suggest a mass exodus from the city center.

With all of these discoveries recorded (and new teams finding similar evidence at the ruined sites of Washington DC, USA, and Tokyo, Japan), we may well know what happened to the population of this planet. It is beginning to look like a catastrophic medical event, that led to planet-wide abandonment. Since there is no evidence from the air of rocket launch sites, this was likely an extinction-level event.

While these discoveries appear grim, it is equally amazing how quickly nature has reclaimed this planet. Where cities once stood, vast forests now grow. Where streets once hummed with activity, birds now chip in century-old trees. It is hard to imagine an Earth that once faced this kind of disaster, but it is humbling to know that this never happened on the Earth we come from.

There have even been some suggestions that, to avoid confusion, we call this planet, “Miri” – the apparent name of a young girl memorialized on a statue in the New York Central Park cemetery. Earth and Earth 2 could be confusing to those who continue exploring this planet after we leave. To date, however, an official name has not been announced.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Thursday, May 14

That Which Remains

Our away teams, down on Earth 2, have been making some fascinating discoveries. Most of the above-ground structures, buildings and skyscrapers are long gone, crumbled into dust, rust, and rubble, a result of 400 years of weather and decay. Underground areas, on the other hand, are a different story.

In Paris, some stone walls remain from the historic buildings that once comprised the city. Heavily worn statues, covered in vines, dot the forests where city parks once stood. And, interestingly enough, a number of underground areas are still accessible. One of these areas is the Louvre – the crypt and medieval areas to be exact. A series of art storage rooms were also found, although, the canvas art discovered there is largely decayed. Some ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian statues, however, do remain.

London has been a bit less preserved. The crumbling walls of old cathedrals dot the forest, parts of the ancient London Wall still stand (partially buried by debris in some places), and the stone shell and crypt of Westminster Abby remain. A few areas of the London subway have also been found, and various debris dumps down there, suggest that some of those subway tunnels may have been used as hospitals or medical triage centers at some point.

Almost nothing remains of San Francisco. The rusted lower supports of the Golden Gate Bridge do still rise out of the bay, and recon flyovers were able to spot the rest of the bridge collapsed beneath the water. Parts of the massive pillars of the Bank of California building were also found rising out of the hills. A partial structure wall here and there are about the extent of anything else still visible above ground. Some uncollapsed street car tunnels were also discovered. Nothing, however, points to any historical records that would be helpful to us, here in 2365.

And finally, there’s New York City, or, at least the former site upon which it stood. Our base camp was established in the shallow forest valley that was once Central Park, and we’ve been exploring outward from there. The feet of the Brooklyn and Queensboro Bridges still exist, as do parts of the New York Public Library, Grand Central Station, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We have also discovered many areas of the New York subway system. The attached photo features one of the better preserved subway stations still sitting quietly below the forest. We lit it up for dramatic effect.

Overall, there is very little to suggest the fate of the people who lived on Earth 2. The historical evidence that does remain, seems to support abandonment in the 1950’s or 1960s. But what happened to cause this level of abandonment? Did these humans succumb to global war? Did they die out from a plague? Did they – somehow – abandon the planet, and relocate elsewhere? We may never know. But you can bet we’ll keep exploring. These forests, ruins and tunnels will give up their stories – eventually.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Sunday, May 10

Base Camp New York

Our away teams have begun setting up base camps on Earth 2. Four of these camps are being established at the geographic coordinates of Paris, New York, San Francisco, and London. Future locations are being discussed, and may begin operations if necessary.

I have gone down to Earth 2 as part of the New York base camp, and I will be staying down here for a few days. As a mid-level officer, I have been assigned my own modular residence. This structure (pictured), and others like it, were brought down from cargo bay storage on the Enterprise, and assembled from crates. They are, essentially, one-room temporary cabins, with a bed, desk, shelves, counter space, small restroom (with shower) and independent power generators. It doesn’t compare to my quarters on the Enterprise, but it is comfortable enough for use while I am on assignment.

Other similar structures have been set up, as well as rapid-assembly military tents. Most personnel (ranked lower than myself), are housed in 2-4 person tents, and the other assembled cabins are in use as laboratories, armories, and command offices/quarters.

In less than a day, we’ve already set up a small city. And from this temporary city, we’ll conduct exploratory operations, recon expeditions, planet-to-ship coordination, science studies, and other mission needs as appropriate. Our runabout, Liberty, is landed nearby, and provides transporter access to the Enterprise. A few Type-7 shuttles are serving a similar purpose. In addition, our transport vessels are running back and forth between base camp and the Enterprise, delivering personnel, cargo and supplies.

As noted, I will be down here, on the planet, for a few days. My job is to assist with the history staff as they chart, study, and assess New York data relating to the culture and downfall of this planet’s civilization. I may also be called upon to participate in exploratory operations as well.

To date, we still have not seen any evidence of native inhabitants.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Thursday, May 7

An Earth Without People

For most of the day today, our DOT-9s have been conducting recon down on the surface of Earth 2. Small teams of these robots have been sent to four locations on the planet: Paris, New York City, San Francisco, and London (where we detected large areas of visible ruins). Manned aerial flyovers of other parts of this planet are taking place as well.

So far, these recon efforts have determined that, here, on this planet, most of the great cities we know from our Earth, are completely gone – collapsed into rubble, and overgrown by forests and vegetation. Chunks of concrete and rusted metal debris can still be found peeking out of large forested mounds – mounds where tall buildings once stood. Most of what remains of this civilization, however, appears to rest under many feet of dirt and sediment.

Debris, rust samples, and other close terrain scans, also seem to support the analysis that this civilization came to an end roughly 400 years ago.

A few notable landmarks do remain, however, like the lower half of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as seen in this photo taken from one of our DOT-9s. Parts of the Statue of Liberty, all of Mount Rushmore, the Pyramids, and the entire Great Wall of China still stand as well.

So far, though, our DOT-9s have found no evidence of current humanoid life.

Our Marines are preparing to go down and secure landing zones, and our away teams will follow shortly thereafter. Science personnel and wilderness experts comprise most of these scheduled away teams so far. They will be setting up temporary base camps from which to operate. I will be part of the team heading down to the New York location.

Whatever we find down there, it may not be enough for us to determine what happened to this Earth, and the people that once lived here. There just isn’t much left after 400 years.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Wednesday, May 6

Exploring A Second Earth

Away team missions to the surface of “Earth 2” are coming together. We will be sending down a few DOT-9s, tomorrow, to recon our landing zones, followed by Marines a little later, to secure those sites, and the away teams after that, when all is clear. We’ll know more about the surface after the DOT-9s gather their initial data.

I, myself, have been cleared for assignment on one of those away teams, and will likely be going down to the surface sometime Saturday or Sunday. I have also been assigned to coordinate historical assessments with our history department.

So far, aerial fly-overs, LIDAR scans, and orbital sensor analysis suggest that this planet’s population may have met its demise in the mid-to-late 20th century. Almost nothing remains of the great cities. Monuments are a shell of their former self. Most of the previous civilization seems to be buried under 400 years of sand, soil and foliage. If this planet is uninhabited, we may not have a true picture of what happened down there, until archaeologists start digging into the ground.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Tuesday, May 5

Earth 2: An Earth Without Cities

Well, this is interesting. We are in orbit above Earth. Not the real Earth – which is many light years away from here, but, apparently, an exact copy of it – right down to the seven continents and massive oceans. This class-M planet that our runabout detected is, somehow, identical to the third planet in the Sol system.

In fact, early scans even suggest that this entire star system is a duplicate of the Sol system – copies of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune…. they’re all out there – beautiful and untouched.

We’ve attempted to contact anyone on the surface of this Earth, and have received no response. To add further mystery to this discovery, our scans indicate that this planet is likely uninhabited. There does not appear to be any humanoid population on the surface, and where major cities would be (on the real Earth), we’ve detected heavily overgrown ruins. Skyscraper ruins. Steel and brick. There was, clearly, a population here in the past, however, the planet appears to have been wild and deserted for centuries.

There are no man-made satellites, of any kind, in orbit.

I’ve done some historical research, and it appears that Captain Kirk’s USS Enterprise came out this way in 2266 – May 6th in fact – exactly 99 years ago, as of tomorrow. They conducted a few passive scans of this region, and designated this planet as, UFC 347601, but did not stop and explore. There are no records of any other ships out here since then.

We have a mystery on our hands, folks, and a copy of Earth (and the Sol system) that, by all rational explanations, shouldn’t exist. Captain Picard has ordered away teams to prepare for planetfall within a day or two. I’ve put in a request to be on one of those teams. I hold a degree in history from the Academy, especially in relation to the real Earth, and would be extremely useful to those exploratory missions.

I don’t know what’s down there, or what happened to the population of this “Earth 2”, but I sure as heck want to find out.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Monday, May 4

To Boldly Go....

Many of us are dubious about our next exploratory mission – especially after the beautiful planet we recently set on fire, but, it looks like we will be exploring another class-M planet, starting tomorrow. Our runabout, Liberty, came back with distance scans of a star system that contains another Earth-like planet. The Liberty wasn’t close enough to scan the planet for geological features – or inhabitants -- but it is, without a doubt, class-M. Since our mandate is to discover planets like this, Captain Picard has ordered us to travel there during Gamma Shift.

Uncertain as we may be, and despite any guilt from our last planet mission, we will just have to go boldly, and see what awaits us. I just hope it doesn’t involve time travel, or burning forests. I am not particularly fond of either of those things right now. Neither is most of the crew.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Friday, May 1

A Ship That Never Sleeps

Our runabouts have returned to the Enterprise, and have uploaded their data to the ship’s computer cores. Our various departments will study and analyze this data, and within a day or two, we should have some new targets to explore.

In other events, our contingent of fighters continues to run flight maneuvers every day, maintenance and repair teams are out on the hull, and some of our Marines have been running zero-gravity combat drills while we remain stationary. Our shuttlebays are bustling, social activity is strong on our promenade deck, and our science labs are never short on experiments. Here on deck 2, our PAO office has been relatively quiet, but we, as always, doing our best to keep the crew, Starfleet, and the Federation informed.

Life aboard the Enterprise is always interesting…. even when we aren’t engaged in exploratory operations. We’re a city in space, and this city never sleeps.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Thursday, April 30

USS Enterprise-D Public Affairs Staff

Now that Starfleet has updated its uniform design, I thought you might like to see a more recent image of our USS Enterprise-D Public Affairs staff. Tessa Kensington is on the left, I am in the center, and Cassie Queen is on the right.

This image is taken from our holographic imager.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Tuesday, April 28

USS Enterprise-D: A Mobile Base

The Enterprise completed its exploration of Surata IV over the weekend, and has moved on to a nearby region of space. We are currently at all-stop -- operating in base mode -- as our runabouts are out gathering sensor data, and our shuttles and fighters are on routine maneuvers.

Earlier today, I was provided with some photos from these activities, and I thought I’d share one with you. This image shows one of our two runabouts, the USS Liberty, departing the Enterprise, and heading out into deep space. A temporary sensor pod has been attached to her dorsal hull to increase her scanning capabilities. If all goes well, when the Liberty returns to the Enterprise later this week, she could carry cartographic data that might provide us with additional targets to study and explore.

In fact, that’s one of the neat things about the Enterprise – and Galaxy-class starships in general. We have the ability to operate as a stationary base of operations, from which our various auxiliary vessels can launch. We park in deep space, and our science, combat, and exploratory vessels come and go as needed. The Enterprise scans the immediate region, and our runabouts probe beyond sensor range, giving us a wider scope of the area.

As a result, the Enterprise is just as much a platform ship, as it is a deep space explorer. We have the ability to manage many different kinds of missions – and in ways other Starfleet ships cannot. We are versatile, well-staffed, well-armed, and ready for just about anything. We are the pinnacle of Starfleet innovation, and a valuable asset that will likely remain in service until 2443.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Thursday, April 23

The DOT-9 Worker Bot

Yesterday, I noted that Captain Picard ordered our science departments to use unmanned probes to complete all planetary surveys of Surata IV. These are the probes that will be collecting that data down on the planet. They are known as DOT-9s (“dot nines”), and are highly customizable unmanned robot drones, capable of operating where the crew cannot go.

DOT series drones have been in service to Starfleet for over 100 years. Our DOT-9s feature rotating heads (containing cameras and other sensor equipment), manipulator arms (with tool retraction capabilities), and four anti-grav thrusters located on their backs for propulsion. They also contain upright stabilizers for gravity environments, and deployable tool compartments appropriate to their assigned tasks.

DOT-9s are primarily used to repair exterior hull damage, however, they are also adapted for planetary exploration (within hostile environments), auxiliary science use, military recon, sensor scouting operations, and as mobile communication uplinks. When individually deployed to a planet, DOT-9s land inside protective lander vehicles. When their task is complete, they return to their landers, and the landers are propelled off the surface of the planet. The Enterprise then reclaims them in orbit.

These worker bots make life easier for our crew, and facilitate faster damage control. They are indispensable, non-sentient machines, and will likely remain in service for decades to come.

The less versatile DOT-7 model drones were in use aboard Constitution-class starships. Earlier models had different body configurations.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Wednesday, April 22

The Vicious Vines of Surata IV

Today, the Enterprise entered orbit of a planet known as Surata IV. This planet, and its star system, have been named but never explored, so Captain Picard ordered an away team to visit the surface and gather data. They found a landing spot among the jungle vines, and were beginning their survey when some of the plant life sprung to life and attacked them. Lieutenant Commander Daxton Beckett referred to these plants as “predatory vines with razor-sharp thorns”. Five of the away team personnel were seriously injured before the entire team was able to re-board the shuttle, and flee the planet’s surface.

All away team personnel, as well as their accompanying Marines, have now been treated in the Enterprise hospital. Aside from a variety of lacerations, they will be fine. The five seriously wounded personnel are being held under medical observation until morning -- to ensure that their wounds begin to heal properly.

In light of today’s attack, Captain Picard has ordered no further missions to the surface, and has asked all relevant science departments to use unmanned probes to complete the planetary surveys. A warning beacon will be left in orbit, alerting future visitors of the dangerous plant life.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Sunday, April 19

Looking Up

You don’t get a true picture of how large the Enterprise is, until you see it from beneath the saucer. This ship is massive. It has 42 decks, and a crew capacity of up to 2,600 personnel. It is one of the largest ships ever built by Starfleet.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Friday, April 17

A Farewell To Our Chief Doctor

Our chief medical officer, Commander Katherine Pulaski, is no longer part of our crew. This evening (after a light farewell reception in Ten Forward), she transferred off the Enterprise, and is waiting aboard Gollo Station for her transport -- which will take her to her next posting aboard Deep Space 3. Lieutenant Commander Joshua Kim is acting chief medical officer until Captain Picard can secure a replacement.

The efforts to obtain Commander Beverly Crusher, from Starfleet Medical on Earth, remain outstanding. We have not yet heard any response from Captain Picard’s transfer request.

Now that Commander Pulaski has begun her transfer, the Enterprise is free to resume our mission. We will likely remain at Gollo Station into tomorrow, and then return to our exploration efforts in the region.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Wednesday, April 15

The Saberhawk

The Enterprise has been exploring our current region of space. Today, we arrived at Gollo Station – a Federation trade station in orbit of Kamica III. Our chief medical officer, Commander Katherine Pulaski, will be disembarking the Enterprise on Friday, and waiting at this station until her transport arrives. From there, she will be taken to her new posting aboard DS3 -- near Cardassian space. A small going-away party is scheduled for tomorrow night in Ten Forward.

In addition to our transfer visit, I was pleasantly surprised to see my friend’s civilian ship, the “Saberhawk”, also in port at Gollo Station. Josiah Colton (my friend) is the captain of a unique vessel – one of my favorites, in fact. He purchased it from a salvage yard two years ago, fixed it up, and is currently using it as a shipping and transport vessel on local space lanes.

What I find so interesting about his ship, however, is that no one knows where it came from. It was found, abandoned in space, by a Vulcan transport vessel. It had no markings, no name, and a partially installed computer archive that held no identifying records. There was no evidence of any crew, no battle damage, and no explanation for why it was adrift in space. What is even more baffling, is that there are no records of any ship matching this design constructed anywhere in the Federation. It’s not a Starfleet ship, it’s not a Port Guard ship, and no known civilian shipyard claims to have built it.

This one-of-a-kind ship has a strong military feel to it, yet doesn’t appear to have seen any battle. It could be a prototype for system defense, or, intended for piracy use, we just don’t know. It is 120 meters long, has five decks, warp-9 engines, and Josiah maintains it with a crew of 30.

Many people seem to think that Starfleet ships are the only vessels zipping around the Federation, but the truth is, most of the ships crossing space lanes are civilian transports, cargo vessels, and independently-owned starships – just like the Saberhawk. Starfleet is just one of the many organizations that maintain fleets to compete on those space lanes.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Thursday, April 9

The Departure of Commander Pulaski

On Monday, our chief medical officer, Commander Katherine Pulaski, accepted transfer orders to be reassigned to Deep Space 3, a Galaxy-class saucer starbase near Cardassian space. The starbase has recently expanded its hospital facilities, and needs a new administrative doctor. Commander Pulaski is a perfect fit for the position.

Doctor Pulaski will remain aboard the Enterprise through the end of next week, and will then leave aboard a transport for her new assignment. Lieutenant Commander Joshua Kim will serve as temporary chief medical officer until our command staff can find a replacement. Captain Picard has expressed an interest in acquiring Commander Beverly Crusher, the current head of Starfleet Medical (on Earth). Doctor Crusher was intended to be our original chief medical officer – before we disappeared for a year via the Devron Anomaly.

Commander Beverly Crusher is an old friend of Captain Picard, and has listed a desire to serve aboard the USS Enterprise.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Tuesday, April 7

Starfleet Uniforms

These Starfleet duty uniforms were issued in March 2365, and entered service in early April. They are similar to the previous uniform (in use since 2350), although these include improvements for better comfort and utility.

These uniforms consist of two pieces, a front-close jacket, and matching black pants. They feature a raised collar (with department trim), and solid black shoulders (all shoulder piping from the previous design has been removed). A black belt is worn in the waist of the pants, and a gray t-shirt and undergarments are worn beneath the uniform. Sturdy black shoes round out the look.

Both men and woman wear this uniform.

Red represents command, navigation, and administration. Gold represents operations, engineering and security. Blue represents science, medical and counseling.

The Starfleet combadge is worn on the left breast. Rank insignia is worn on the right collar.

The final two uniforms (above) depict the gold or blue-colored utility jumpsuits available to all Starfleet personnel working within dirty, soiled, or unclean environments.

All crew uniforms are purchased according to size, and tailored to fit. Replicators do not produce clothing. Personal laundry facilities are available in every crew and residential quarters.

This image (above) depicts the dress uniform worn by all standard duty personnel. It consists of a long wraparound tunic, closing on the right. Gold trim lines the top edge of the wraparound (including the collar). Rank insignia is worn just below the gold trim on the right shoulder. The Starfleet combadge is worn on the left breast.

The colored uniforms are worn by ranking officers, according to their service department. The gray wraparound is worn by all enlisted personnel, with a shoulder stripe representing their department color.

These uniforms (above) are worn by all flag officers within the Admiralty. They are similar in design to the standard duty uniforms, however, they feature gold trim along the shoulders, and secondary rank bars on the cuffs (one bar per Admiral rank/star). The gold collar trim also extends down through the black shoulders, ending at the bottom of the shoulders.

The Starfleet combadge is worn on the left breast. Rank insignia is worn on the right collar.

This image (above) depicts the dress uniform worn by all admirals. It consists of a long front-close tunic, with a black chest wedge. Gold trim lines the shoulders, wedge, and collar. The Starfleet combadge is worn on the left breast. Rank insignia is worn on the right collar.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Monday, April 6

Leaving Tempora

This past week has been a busy one. There are a number of things worth noting, and I will endeavor to address them all this week. For today, however, I’ll just report on mission activities.

As of earlier this afternoon, the Enterprise left orbit of the “planet on fire” – which we have officially named Tempora. The fires on the surface have lessened, and the planet is in the early stages of recovery. It won’t be the same as it was before we arrived, but it will survive. Our studies from orbit have progressed as far as they can, so we’re moving on to explore a nearby region of space. That region also contains unexplored planets, however, hopefully, none of them facilitate time travel.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer

Monday, March 30

A Burning Planet

This is what a planet on fire looks like. In time, the flames will burn themselves out, and the smoke will dissipate. The environment will recover, the climate will warm, and a new arid surface will be born. Nine years from now, Tessa, Cassie and David Brown will set foot on this planet (when they arrived in the future). Ten years from now, we may build a colony here. This is not the end. It is merely the beginning of a new stage in this planet’s history.

This planet will rise again. Of that I am certain.

-Lieutenant Sam Archer