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DALLAS, A. (SUPERVISOR, 2nd ENGINEER)
Planet Crack went smoothly from this end, although there do seem to have been problems planetside, and we've temporarily lost contact with the colony.
First rockball was extracted from the tectonic load approximately one hour after Planet Crack, and has been processed, refined and smelted.
Results have exceeded even optimistic initial estimates. Normal recovery is around 35% mineral, 5% fossil, 60% waste, but material from the first ball was 65% mineral (and 0% fossil, in line with expectations). That's 6.5 tons of ore from a 10-ton ball. Assuming it's not an anomaly, we've hit a motherlode.