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February 22, 2020

Control: ISS, this is Houston. Explorer, this is Houston.

Explorer: Go ahead, Houston.

Control: Mission abort. Repeat, mission abort. Initiate emergency disconnect from Hubble. Begin reentry procedure. ISS, initiate emergency evacuation.

Explorer: Copy all, Houston, and in work. Matt, immediate return to Explorer. Repeat, immediate return to Explorer.

Matt: Copy. Explorer, prep airlock.

Explorer: Airlock engaged, ready to receive.

Matt: Houston elaborate.

Control: Debris from the missile strike has caused a chain reaction hitting other satellites and creating new debris. Traveling faster than a high-speed bullet up towards your altitude. All copy.

Matt: Copy all. Put a bow on it, Dr. Stone.

Stone: I can't. The board is still initializing.

Matt: I'm not gonna ask you again.

Stone: One second.

Matt: Not one second. Now. Shut it down. That's an order.

Stone: Okay, I'm sorry. I'm sorry, I'm done. I'm done.

Explorer: Kowalski, initiate emergency disconnect from the Hubble.

Matt: All right, Shariff, let's do this.

Shariff: Roger, Matt.

Matt: Houston, update.

Control: Well, we have a full-on chain reaction. It's been confirmed that it's the unintentional side effect of the Russians striking one of their own satellites.

Shariff: They shot down their own satellite?

Matt: Right of disposal. Most likely a spy sat gone bad. Now it's shrapnel. Explorer, ready to disengage HST.

Explorer: Locks releasing in three, two, one.

Control: Explorer, new data coming through.

Matt: What's the blowback, Houston?

Control: It's not good. Most of our systems are gone. Debris chain reaction is out of control and rapidly expanding. Multiple satellites are down and they keep on falling.

Matt: Define 'multiple satellites.'

Control: Most of them are gone. Telecommunication system are dead. Expect a communication blackout at any moment.

Stone: Kowalski, visual of debris at 9 o'clock.

Matt: Half of North America just lost their Facebook.

Control: Explorer, repeat expect a communication blackout at any moment.

Explorer: Copy that, Houston.

Matt: Explorer, this is Kowalski, confirming visual contact with debris. Debris is from a BSE sat.

Shariff: Heads up!

Matt: To repeat, I have --

Stone: Dr. Stone requesting faster transport.

Matt: --We have to go. We have to go, go, go!

Control: Kennedy reports meteorological conditions no-go...

Explorer: Houston, Explorer. Copy.

Stone: Explorer, Dr. Stone requesting faster transport to bay area. Explorer, do you copy?

Matt: Explorer, permission to retrieve Dr. Stone.

Explorer: You're a go, Kowalski. Houston, this is Explorer, copy.

Matt: All right.

Explorer: We've lost Houston.

Matt: All right.

Explore: We've lost Houston.

Matt: Unh! Unstrap. Look, we need to get the hell out of here.

Shariff: Need some help there, Matt?

Matt: No, don't wait for us.

Stone: It's stuck!

Matt: Man down! Man down!

Explorer: Houston, this is Explorer, copy. Kowalski, repor--

Matt: Explorer's been hit. Explorer, do you read?

Matt: Explorer, over. Explorer. Astronaut is off structure. Dr. Stone is off structure. Dr. Stone, detach! You must detach! If you don't detach, that arm's gonna carry you too far! Listen to my voice! You need to focus! I'm losing visual of you. In a few seconds I won't be able to track you. You need to detach! I can't see you anymore. Do it now!

Stone: I'm trying! I'm trying!

Matt: Houston, I've lost visual of Dr. Stone. Houston, I've lost visual of Dr. Stone.