After the crew carefully removed the necessary equipment, Jackson remained inside the module. Only three were needed to operate the drill, allowing the biologist to prepare the module for any samples retrieved from the ice.
Jackson wasn’t overly envious of the others but, after traveling over 625 million kilometers to Europa, he did hope to eventually have the opportunity to step out onto the ice.
As the drill roared to life, Jackson sighed. The tenuous atmosphere allowed the violent grinding of alloys and ice to beat his eardrums.
Jackson heard the splashes, too, but only the transmitter relayed the screams.