PGC Moon Profile Zeneb


TEMPERATURE: Cold to Very Cold
ATMOSPHERE: Toxic/Suffocating (Methane/Ammonia mix)

This planetoid is in distant orbit around the gas giant Tristrion.  It is very cold - the average temperature at the equator is about -30 degrees C.  It is believed to have a mostly hardened iron core, and is relatively soft volcanic rock under a thick layer of ice that is a minimum of 10 meters thick at the surface.

Gravity is rather lighter than on most Federation Planets.  Extra long jumps are possible on Zeneb, but all people working there must exercise regularly to prevent muscle atrophy.  Supplements can also help with this problem. 

The atmosphere is rather dense, but very deadly - its combination of methane and ammonia fumes would suffocate, or poison, anyone attempting to breathe it.  Depressurization is a problem for periods of over 30 minutes.  The atmosphere is highly irritating to eyes, and can cause total blindness within minutes.  Prolonged contact is also dangerous to skin and other bodily membranes.  ALL EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS ARE WARNED NEVER TO LEAVE THE FACILITY WITHOUT ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SUITS.

Zeneb has many attractive planetary features, however, that make it an ideal location for a mining facility.  Ice Harvesting is a key component of operations, which gives off large quantities of life giving sustenance to the Facility.  The ice on Zeneb is almost completely pure water when melted, and our RT9000 Industrial Atomizers find great uses for the hydrogen atoms for powerplant fuel, and life giving oxygen to our PGC Employees and Contractors.

Of even greater value are Zeneb's vast pools of solid and semi-liquid ammonia.  Though concentrated, caustic, and dangerous, this substance yields a vast array of materials when atomized.  Even more importantly, the nitric acid produced from the ammonia is a vital component of the processing the gold and rhenium ore.

Of course, the Pan Galactic Corporation did not construct this massive Zeneb Facility for water and ammonia.  Gold, and even more precious veins of rhenium ore are found in abundance in the brittle volcanic rock lying beneath the surface ice.  The water and, most importantly, the ammonia, allow the refining of the ore.