The spacecraft silently approached the still-unidentified, dilapidated ship. Chester was careful to keep his distance as he maneuvered the customized Crest Corporation vehicle into the proximity of the wreck.
Duncan transmitted the inverse beacon signal, which jammed the old ship's detection systems. Nervously, Chester moved Crest's ship closer and closer to the wreck.
"So far, so good," said Camay. "I believe we should keep Duncan aboard our craft so that he can concentrate on jamming the security system."
Duncan nodded. "That's probably for the best. If I go too deeply into the ship, there's a risk that something inside might jam what I'm doing."
Chester extended the robotic arms from the spacecraft and slowly pried the cargo bay door open. The metal was worn and pieces drifted away as the door was cautiously forced open. When the opening was wide enough, Chester maneuvered the craft inside and turned on its bright spotlights.
"Okay. Jax and Shell, go head and suit up," said Camay, pointing to some space suits in the back of the shuttle. Camay walked into the back and put on her space suit.
After Jax and Shell had put their space suits on, they entered the airlock of their ship. Camay wirelessly operated the controls and the three of them exited their craft and walked into the depths of the cargo area.
Jax picked up a small piece of metal that had fallen from the wall of the old ship. She scanned it with her analyzer and gasped.
"Dr. Thameh!" said Jax, over the radio link. "Either my analyzer is malfunctioning or this ship..."
"This ship what," asked Camay.
"I don't know how this is possible but the radiation-based dating indicates this heap is about ten thousand years old!" shouted Jax.
"Preposterous," snarked Camay. "Please scan another piece of debris."
Jax did as Camay asked, scanning several more pieces of debris from the floor, then scanning the still-intact walls of the cargo hold. She sent the raw data from her analyzer to Camay, which all indicated an apparent age of the materials to be around 10,000 years.
"This can't possibly be right," said Camay.
The group eventually made their way into the core of the ship, where the drone Camay had sent earlier was resting beneath the giant sphere.