A single escape pod drifted listlessly through intergalactic space.
The dark void surrounded this diminutive vehicle.
There was nothing inherently bizarre or wrong with the presence of this contraption. One may even suspect to find onboard one or two souls in need of rescue.
However, this metallic oasis of life in an otherwise featureless expanse did present a serious conundrum.
Humankind had never ventured this far into the unknown. Not yet.
This celestial lifeboat should just not exist.
Few mysteries remain forever – and this case presents no exception. With a course projected directly into the Milky Way, salvation was at hand.