An observatory at the base of the cryovolcano was painstakingly constructed with study and survival in mind.
The crew learned a great deal and remained safe during eruptions.
Despite crowded conditions, months of successful research created a tremendous sense of comradery amongst the crew.
Circumstances changed dramatically when the ice crystals gained sentience and coalesced into Snowbeasts.
Hoping to thwart the creatures, the commander increased the heat inside the observatory.
When help did not arrive in a timely fashion, fuel cells were exhausted and a chill draft crept inside.
Crew comradery melted away as the observatory turned into a slaughterhouse.