The new unnamed planet has been given the code name "Polygon", until its settlers vote on a new name.
Just as we were getting comfortable in our new colony, adventure called once again.
We at Martian Command launched a space station into orbit as a way to conduct atmospheric research, gather data on weather patterns, and turn outward to the stars . Station 3za Constantine seemed buggy at launch, as it kept reporting abnormally high atmospheric pressure means each day.
After a few days of abnormal reports, we set the station's sensors to search for points of high pressure, an outlier, perhaps, that was driving up the average calculation.
We never expected to find what we did.
Not only was there a point of immense pressure, it was increasing. Every day, at the same point in the planet's rotation relative to the sun, massive pressure readings would come in, each about 15% higher than the last.
We're still not sure what caused the pressure spikes. What the pressure spikes caused, on the other hand, is hard to miss.
The Tear had everything common to black holes — except the gravity. I know it's not the most inspiring thing to say, but we still don't know why.
We sent a drone from Constantine through, to see if it would survive. It did.
The drone relayed footage of a new planet, right there, within reach. We couldn't tell how long the Tear would remain open, so we decided to learn as much as we could as quickly as we could.
Four Atlas-ranking martians volunteered to make a trip through the Tear in station Constantine. They survived the trip, thankfully, and returned with reports of an icy, mountainous planet rich in resources not common to our star system.
The water, unfortunately, was incredibly saline, but that didn't feel like much of a letdown, considering the fact that on Mars we filter water from some . . . interesting places.
The strange thing about this new planet and the star system it resides in, however, is that its star system and the surrounding galaxy looks nearly identical to our own in layout. There's even an earth-like planet with some form of civiliation.
Our current plan is to divide the planet into 21,000 plots like we did with Mars, plant the Colony on 7,000 of them to get started, and then reach out to the civilization the earth-like planet to see if they'd like to join us.
We don't to take what isn't ours, after all, but join in exploring the apparent multiverse.
If you want to be one of those brave pioneers to settle (and eventually name) this newly-found planet, join here.