Oct 15, 2019 3:28 PM
A Margaret in a transdimensional transhumanist beauty salon
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New senses: fairly straightforward! There's however a lot of things to fiddle with to get different readings. Like focusing a camera lens in and out.

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This is fun and bizarre and unhooking from all of it later might feel like going blind and deaf and numb, but that's a problem for the future. Margaret diligently practices with the equipment until she's got the hang of all the fiddly bits.

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"You'll have farther to fly, this time. Should also put your movement systems through their paces."

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"Sounds good." She stretches her wings out and folds them back up again. It has none of the limbering-up benefits of stretching a muscle, but it's a good way to fidget.

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She explains navigation in space - how to orient yourself by the local stars (and what those even will be), how to balance acceleration and deceleration...

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Clearly she should have played more video games as a kid. Still,she remains a quick study.

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Good!

And then soon enough Margaret will be up to speed for this and similar missions.

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(She's going to go to space repeatedly!)

Alright! How does she get out of the building this time, and what's outside it?

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Same general way she did last time, and - 

This time she's fairly far from her destination. Well, relatively. The sun still looms large, but the innermost planet orbiting it is of course much farther than a moon. 

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Time to be a spaceship dragon flying through outer space! Space can't transmit sound, but in her imagination there is epic background music.

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And: a sun! It is doing sun stuff. Little arcs of plasma are splitting off. But she can get really close - even if not close enough to be anywhere near the plasma arcs - and take measurements. (The measurements part is actually pretty tedious, but.)

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It can hardly be more tedious than doing homework, and she likes homework. The difference is that this time the results are for someone's direct benefit rather than for practicing something, and also there are plasma arcs. She does all the measurements carefully and records the results.

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As long as she stays at the distances she was told to, nothing actually dangerous will happen - the sun's in a fairly even period of activity right now. 

There is, still, a wealth of results to be recorded.

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Nothing dangerous happening is good. Getting to see a star as a big complex thing with parts and motion instead of just a painfully bright disk is great. Soon she will have all the data she needs, recorded and double-checked for completeness.

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The data behaves! 

She could head back to the shop, which is presumably where she left it, but there are a lot of very pretty planets in this solar system - none inhabited, but one of the inner ones has some brilliantly saturated colors.

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That really is pretty. And here she is with all these lovely temporary senses that she isn't quite ready to turn back in yet. And presumably she can keep the driver software and thus the amazing memories. Time for some space tourism in space!

What's making those colors, are they clouds or rocks or something else?

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Seems to be rocks and lakes, mostly, though the clouds are yellow instead of white. The lakes have the most vibrant, poisonous-looking colors.

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It reminds her of the pictures she's seen of Yellowstone, with hot springs full of exotic minerals and even more exotic microorganisms. A human probably wouldn't even be able to breathe this atmosphere, wow. She flies around a bit, doing something between taking photos and memorizing things, before rocketing back up and looking over the rest of the system.

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That gas giant has sheets of lightning constantly racing across the entire surface, against dark blue clouds slashed through with red.

This rocky planet seems to be made of diamond, and the dawn side casts prisms into its thin atmosphere.

This other gas giant has a moon with a constantly erupting geyser.

This one planet's on a different plane than the others, and has a massive trail of asteroids as moons.

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Wooooow. Photography photography photography she is the luckiest Earthling ever. How late is she running, she should get back before Marel decides she somehow messed up and got herself vaporized.

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The building is waiting for her!

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Oh good, she'd have quite a bit of trouble if it wasn't. In she goes, looking for Marel to drop off her equipment.

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Marel is flitting between labs at the moment, but does stop to smile at Margaret. "Go well, I hope?"

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"It sure did! Where do you want the data and the equipment put?"

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She gives instructions for how to transfer the data over and where to leave the equipment.

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