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RC Explorer investigating an event anomaly

Anomalies are irregularities which appear in most scanned sectors and can be investigated by Rc explorer.png RC Explorers. There are 5 types of anomalies:

  • Anomaly - Event.png Event Anomalies trigger or advance events or Mysteries.
  • Anomaly - Research.png Research Anomalies instantly generate a large number of Research Points.
  • Anomaly - Breakthrough.png Breakthrough Anomalies reveal a Breakthrough technology. There are always 19 such anomalies.
  • Anomaly - Tech.png Tech Anomalies enable a random technology to be researched regardless of its place in the Tech Tree.
  • Anomaly - Custom.png Alien Artifact Anomalies are revealed in every explored and unexplored sector if the Alien Imprints breakthrough is found and researched. Such anomalies provide a boost to all research when investigated.

Meteors will sometimes create new anomalies.

Anomaly Events[edit]

One of the following events will always trigger after an Event Anomaly is investigated:

Description Decisions and effects
You’d think the Explorer had found buried treasure, the way our scientists were reacting. It was a sulfur-rich regolith!

The Explorer vehicle gathered various soil samples from far and wide around the Anomaly site and fed us the data. For hours, the telemetry was filled with buzzing chatter as the scientists at Mission Control discussed the implications of the element and made inventive plans about the future. The time of the expedition was limited and we urged them to make a final decision.
  1. Concentrate effort on gathering as many samples as possible. (1000 Research)
  2. Focus on geochemical analysis of the most Sulphide-rich samples. (Reduces the cost of Engineering techs by 10%)
The readings told us it was a vein rich with ore, but the data turned out to be incorrect. Under those fine red sands lay the intact hull of a rover.

We immediately recognized it – Curiosity. A historic finding that stretched its hand in a welcoming gesture through the years back to the first missions on the Red Planet. It belonged in a museum, but on the other hand was an opportunity to gain more parts that we could rarely get our hands on. It was a tough decision.
  1. Send Curiosity back to Earth. ($500M Funding)
  2. Display it as a monument in the Colony. (Reduces the cost of Social techs by 10%)
Our initial spectrographic analysis confirmed it. Chromium. To find such a rich deposit of such a rare metal. Important was an understatement.

The geological team couldn't wait to get their hands on the samples, but this was going to prevent the engineering team from smelting the materials for their ceaseless operations. The experts at Mission Control argued for hours, but the course of action was clear.
  1. Study the Chromium deposit. (Reduces the cost of Engineering techs by 10%)
  2. Exploit the deposit. (deep Rare Metals deposit)
It’s not every day that we have the luxury to choose from what Mars has to offer.

The planet constantly reminds us of its old habit – to give with one hand and take with the other. The rover came across coffinite rocks rich in uranium, clustered on top of a rich hematite deposit. The mineral veins were positioned in such a manner inside the rock that we couldn't blast through without compromising some of them.

We faced a difficult decision, but at the end, it was a matter of simple pragmatics.
  1. Exploit the Hematite vein. (Metals deposit)
  2. Exploit the Uranium vein. (Rare Metals deposit)
We’ve found signs of native life!

The sensor reading from the Anomaly site provided the answer to one of the biggest mysteries about Mars. The Explorer examined a mineral cluster and found the preserved remains of microscopic life forms. We've managed to confirm that the deposit originated on Mars and not on one of the many asteroids that pockmark the surface of the planet.

The team is ecstatic with the find. If there was past life on Mars, perhaps we are not alone in the universe!
  1. Publicize the find as a triumph of the Mars mission. ($500M Funding)
  2. Publicize the find as a triumph of humankind. (50 Applicants)
We’ve analyzed material from the Anomaly and it completely validates our hypothesis on abiogenic petroleum!

The pocket of natural gas we discovered deep among the hydrocarbon rocks was nothing short of an evidence of petroleum formation. The geophysicists here, at Mission Control, stare at the research data in disbelief. Mars, even in its alien nature, has proven once more a teacher in the mysteries so well veiled on our home world.

This unique opportunity allows us to gaze into the past of Mars and gather knowledge which would take months to simulate inside a laboratory.
  1. Conduct on-site volatiles experiments. (Reduces the cost of Robotics techs by 10%)
  2. Conduct on-site polymerization experiments. (Reduces the cost of Engineering techs by 10%)
  3. Sell the scientific data. ($500M Funding)
We’ve collected valuable geographic data at the site of the Anomaly.

Analysis of the crust yielded rare insights on the geological history of Mars, especially about the ancient Theiikian period, in which volcanic activity released immense amounts of sulfur dioxide in the atmosphere. Several key hypotheses of the exo-geologists were confirmed by our findings.

The scientific community praised the findings, raising the status of our mission in the eyes of humanity. Our sponsor committed additional funds to the mission.
  1. Get $200M Funding Funding.
  2. Get 2 Drone Hub Prefabs.
  3. Get 4 Moisture Vaporator Prefabs.
Someone joked we found kryptonite. It was because of the greenish-yellow hue of the beryl crystals.

The contrast with the red Martian dust made them appear almost alien. Even if they wouldn't make any of the Colonists superhuman, they would surely give us almost supernatural powers!

Our plans at Mission Control included the introduction of a long-term nuclear energy solution for the growing Colony, and the Beryllium that we would produce from these minerals would be an immense help in this difficult mission. We would encase the nuclear fuel rods of our nuclear reactors in Beryllium and make a good use of its incredible mechanical, chemical and nuclear properties.
  1. Awesome! (Reduces the cost of Physics techs by 10%)
The rover manipulators held the silver-white mineral up to the camera just as the chemical analysis came through. We’ve found Tellurium.

In a moment, the Chief Engineer at Mission Control was at the communications station, urging instructions to the RC Explorer on how to handle and analyze the discovery. It was amusing to watch the almost childlike excitement in the eyes of the expert.

This is a significant discovery because it allows us to overcome an old problem in metallurgy. Easily-machinable metals allow for economical manufacturing of components, but the factors that allow it usually lower their performance, and vice versa. Thus, engineers had always been challenged to find ways to balance the two factors. The addition of Tellurium to iron alloys allows them to perform better in both areas.
  1. Great news! (Reduces the cost of Robotics techs by 10%)
The analysis tells us that we’ve found Iridium-rich sulfides! That’s a real rarity on Earth!

Mankind's ingenuity had found a myriad of applications for it. But we focused our plan on a much simpler, more vital role in our growing Colony – RTGs. Free energy for everyone!
  1. Excellent! (Reduces the cost of Physics techs by 10%)
We've just found Beagle 2. Or at least what’s left of it.

Over the years over two-thirds of the missions sent to Mars ended in disaster. The tragic course of events, attributed to bad luck, human error, or simply to the inevitability of shooting blind in the dark, had created a dark humor revolving around the Great Galactic Ghoul which feeds on exploration probes and the mystery of the Martian Triangle.

One of the best-equipped probe missions to Mars was Beagle 2, which failed dramatically in the last minutes before landing. Failed by the parachutes and the treacherous Martian atmosphere, the brave little probe crashed at fatally high speed against the red desert.
  1. Begin analysis on the crash site. (Reduces the cost of Robotics techs by 10%)
We found some useful material in the debris from a small meteorite.

After minimal processing, the resources can be transported and put to good use for the benefit of the Colony.
  1. Every little bit helps. (30 Rare Metals)
We’ve discovered a magnificent vista at the site of the anomaly.

Even after watching the cold splendor of the Red Planet for so long, Mission Control was awestruck by the beautiful footage provided by our intrepid reconnaissance vehicle.
  1. Let's hope we never tire of this beauty! (50 Applicants)
The odd composition of the debris collected from the anomaly site has proven to be an uncrackable riddle for our science team.

The experts all agree that the materials discovered at the Anomaly site could not originate on Mars, but they are also in agreement that they are not the remains of a meteorite or a contaminant introduced from our Rockets. For now it looks like the origin of the debris will remain a mystery.

As wise men throughout history said more than once: the more we know, the more we realize that we don't know.
  1. Nothing like a good puzzle! (A Genius Applicant is available on Earth)
We discovered unusual crystals in the remains of a meteorite. The magnified images of their crystalline matrix were broadcast by every major news channel on Earth.

One tabloid even claims that the crystal is in fact artificially created - some kind of artwork of a microscopic alien race.

The work resembles million tiny cylinders surrounded by flames. If you squint your eyes, the very static of the composition resembles a star map. The image is bordered by double rainbows while the work has an abstract feeling and a very dynamic structure.

While all this unscientific sensationalism had outraged our experts, the publicity provided us with some unexpected benefits.
  1. I want to believe! (Gain $400M Funding)
The Explorer made a thorough scan of the Anomaly site but couldn't find anything unusual.

Regrettably, it appears that the unusual readings were just a sensor glitch.
  1. Or were they?
Though initially fruitless, we recalibrated the operating spectrum for our scans and voila!

Such photo-ops have proven to be useful for the mission, inspiring people on Earth to believe that humanity should create its new home on the Red Planet.
A Celebrity Applicant is available on Earth
The probe’s drill had hit one hundred meters before it detected a spike in temperature. The data tells us it was ignited Magnesium compounds.

We are still waiting for confirmation but the preliminary results are clear. There are signs of chemical burning, indicating a combustible material in contact with the probe. The mechanical friction of the drilling head must have ignited the magnesium. What a great discovery!

Scientists on Earth had long planned the creation of jet engines that could burn the carbon dioxide in the Martian atmosphere with the use of magnesium powder. With abundant amounts on site, the research teams could begin preliminary testing of a working prototype right away!
Reduces the cost of Robotics techs by 10%
The on-site data validates our predictive models of the electrically-charged dust devils.

Science is well aware of the causes of the massive Earth storms, monsoons and tornadoes and yet we never ceased to admire the primeval forces unleashed before our eyes. The same goes for Martian electrostatic dust storms. Our scientists already had a good working model on the behavior of these peculiar weather Anomalies on the Red Planet. Now we can refine this model even further. With the current expedition complete, we can confirm their theory, yet I doubt anyone would ever cease to revere the massive dust storms.
Gain 2000 Research
The Anomaly turned out to be one of the most well-preserved asteroid impacts in our area. No geologist could ever put a price on it.

Earth scientists had long wondered about the effect of ancient asteroid impacts on Martian climate and geology. Several missions had been sent to gather data about these primordial events but the landers failed, as if the Red Planet wanted to keep some of its secrets for itself. Generations had to pass until we managed to send a successful expedition to lift the shroud of mystery.

With the data we gathered from the site, our colleagues on Earth will have material for years of research. Maybe we would finally find out whether the Martian core was shut down or it died out on its own, and we would be able to predict the destiny of our home world.
Gain 3000 Research
Gain $800M Funding
Until today, the only place we’d thought you could find Ice XV outside of a lab was on an icy planet or a moon. And here we find it. On Mars.

Ice XV is a super-dense phase of water ice which is formed in extremely cold and extremely high-pressure environments. It turns out that the unique geological history of Mars allowed a small quantity of Ice XV to form under the crust.

Even though we didn't confirm any substantial deposits of water, this discovery would cause uproar in the scientific communities and draw significant attention to our efforts on the Red Planet. Our sponsors immediately provided us with tools to discover more about the effects of Martian geology on the formation of underground ice.
Gain $500M Funding
There were no secrets to find near the Anomaly site, just a scene of breathtaking beauty.

The unusual chemical composition of the regolith near the Anomaly site effectively shielded it from our data gathering. As we re-purposed and improved our scanning technology based on these new findings, we were rewarded with an unexpected surprise.
Discovered a Water deposit
Get up close and personal with Mars and you’ll find it’s anything but barren. We found another treasure in the form of a small deposit of a Germanium-rich mineral.

The purity of the Germanium found in the vein is amazing, which our scientific team presumes is due to the millennia-long loss of volatiles in the Martian atmosphere.

Germanium started out as the humble ekasilicon proposed by Mendeleev and for almost a century it was discerned as a useless metal, only for late 20th century discoveries to make it one of the cornerstones of modern electronics.
Discovered a Rare Metals deposit
We’ve just confirmed the location of a metal-rich deposit. A drilling accident turned to our advantage.

We lost a drilling probe while trying to analyze this Anomaly. The signal was suddenly lost and we got the tingling feeling that we would get lucky with the second one. The operators were extra careful and the second insertion revealed a vast network of underground cavities beneath the hard rock plate. On top of that, we managed to get in contact with the first probe which had fallen through in another section of the crust faults. We used the two probes as triangulation points for telemetry and pinpointed the location of the deposit.
Discovered a Metal deposit
We’ve just found the wreckage of Phobos-2! The old probe even had some new data for us to analyze.

On July 7th, 1988 the Soviet Union launched two Proton-K rockets carrying the Phobos-1 and Phobos-2 probes on a course to Mars. Of the two craft only Phobos-2 reached its final destination, but contact with it was lost just before it could deliver its precious payload.

Humankind will be forever grateful for the information we salvaged from its computers.
Locations of several Anomalies discovered
The Rover went dark for five hours. When it rebooted, it confirmed it had come into contact with an unusually high-voltage electrical charge.

The red alert was sounded immediately after we lost contact with the RC Explorer vehicle. Five long hours of fear and desperation ended with the reinstating of data feed. A wave of relief passed through the crowd of scientists gathered at the control center. The telescopic drill used to probe the crust at the Anomaly site disturbed a layer of magnetite-rich rocks, the source of the electric charge. The rover is still functional but it would take time before its locomotion systems are fully restored. The operators turned the defeat into a victory, devoting the unexpected time window to studying the magnetic properties of the Martian crust.
The RC Explorer has malfunctioned. It has to be repaired by Drones.
50% cost reduction for the following technologies: Low-G Drive, Autonomous Sensors.
Gain $200M Funding
Our Explorer just got into a pretty serious accident. The good news is it’s still in one piece.

The vehicle stumbled upon a crust fault which could have lasted for a couple hundreds of years under the slow erosion of the planet. Disturbed by the mechanical motion of the scanning probes, the surface opened like a wound and swallowed the rover, luckily, only for a dozen of meters. The sturdy machine got out of the hole, but nevertheless it sustained heavy damage.

Millions of years ago Mars had been shaken to its core by cataclysmic impact which sealed the fate of the planet. Since then Mars, like all giants, is dying, too slow for our mortal eyes to witness. Yet even today the death-throes of the Red Planet can be felt unmistakably.
The RC Explorer has malfunctioned. It has to be repaired by Drones.
We’ve got bad news. The RC Explorer investigating the anomaly accidentally released a pocket of high-pressure gas.

The carbon dioxide erupted, damaging the rover and lifting tons of fine dust into the atmosphere, forming a Dust Devil. The Red Planet reminded us how dangerous an alien world could be.
Expect fierce Dust Devils to form at the Anomaly location.

Planetary Anomaly Events[edit]

Each of the following events can trigger when a Planetary Anomaly with random rewards is investigated:

Description Decisions and effects DLC
The expedition team found... a car. It’s an amazing – and amusing – discovery!

The car is very well preserved, it seems it survived the crash of the cargo pod quite well. It was supposed to be in Earth’s orbit, and we don’t know how it got here, but it’s a valuable historical discovery nonetheless.
  1. This belongs in a museum! (50 applicants with the Tourist trait)
  2. [SpaceX] We've received orders to not open the trunk. ($1000M Funding)
  3. Place it on auction. ($250M Funding)
None
No spectrographic traces of water could prepare us for the breath-taking sight. Amidst the red dunes a tiny pond of liquid water was shimmering under the bleak sun.

We rubbed our eyes, but no, we weren’t seeing mirages. By some weird quirk of physics the tiny pond was there – right before our eyes! After the initial excitement has passed, we need to make an important decision.
  1. Extract the water and conduct research. (4000 Research)
  2. Leave it pristine. (50 applicants with the Tourist trait)
  3. [Hydroengineer] This confirms an old hypothesis of mine! (Water Reclamation System Spires cost 50% less)
  4. [Ecologist] Find a way to conduct research without harming the site! (2000 Research, +10 Morale for 20 Sols)
None
During flight to the Anomaly site, the engine stalled and the Rocket began losing altitude.

Only through sheer luck the Rocket managed to make an emergency landing on a safe spot, but even now there are no signs that the engine could start working again.
  1. Abandon the expedition. (expedition is lost)
  2. [$550M] Send three rescue supply pods with replacement parts. (expedition is saved)
  3. [Inventor] Send me the schematics, and put the expedition team on comm. (expedition is saved)
None
No spectrographic traces of water could prepare us for the breath-taking sight. Amidst the red dunes a tiny pond of liquid water was shimmering under the bleak sun.

We rubbed our eyes, but no, we weren’t seeing mirages. By some weird quirk of physics the tiny pond was there – right before our eyes! After the initial excitement has passed, we need to make an important decision.
  1. Extract the water and conduct research. (4000 Research)
  2. Leave it pristine. (50 applicants with the Tourist trait)
  3. [Hydroengineer] This confirms an old hypothesis of mine! (Water Reclamation System Spires cost 50% less)
  4. [Ecologist] Find a way to conduct research without harming the site! (2000 Research, +10 Morale for 20 Sols)
None
The expedition was sent to investigate a spectrographic trace of rich metals deposit, but found something much more interesting – and troubling!

After climbing the slope of a huge crater we have faced an astonishing sight – down below we saw the remains of a facility. Clearly a man-made one. The dust didn’t manage to hide the rocket landing pads, the spherical concrete buildings and – what’s most disturbing – the large port-holes on the ground which resemble rocket silos too much to be sure.
  1. Leave and forget about it. (expedition returns)
  2. Leave the site, but upload its coordinates in the international database. (expedition returns)
  3. Approach the facilities and investigate. (Breakthrough)
None
We've discovered the crashed remains of another expedition.

It seems that an unknown Colony had sent an ill-prepared expedition team to this location. Their equipment failed and they never managed to return to their home. We've identified the remains of several Colonists who lost their lives in the line of duty.
  1. Bury them, then salvage the useful equipment. (5000 Research, 5 Drones)
  2. Bring the remains here, we'll bury them with honors. (+20 Morale for 10 Sols)
Space Race