July 21, 1969 President Richard Nixon, Nationally televised speech Fate has ordained that the men who went to the Moon to explore in peace will stay on the Moon to rest in peace. These brave men know there is no hope for their recovery but they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice. These two men are laying down their lives in mankind's most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding. They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man. In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood. Others will follow and surely find their way home. Man's search will not be denied but these men were the first and they will remain the foremost in our hearts. For every human being who looks up at the Moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind. Present Day -Snippet of pre-recorded Museum info disc- ...Hello and welcome to the Richmond Museum of American History! It has been a little over a century and a half since the Confederate States America accepted the surrender of Ulysses S. Grant and ended The War of Northern Aggression, thanks in no small part to our French and British allies who fought alongside us in the twilight of the war. Please continue on to the next exhibit which covers the occupation and acquisition of Mexico, Latin America, and South America and the Cold War against Red Canada. Also do not forget to stop by the gift shop and if you brought your servants, don't forget to retrieve them from the holding room... Present Day Ocean-Wide broadcast, translated Today is a momentous day for all inhabitants of Ocean! Today the first water domes begin operation on the Dry. Within these domes will be constructed craft capable of traveling the Empty that will launch into the Outer and eventually settle into orbit around the Sixth moon of Red Spot Giant. If, as the data predicts, the Drill Swimmers find another Ocean under the moon's ice layer, our species will able to expand outwards and far beyond the Empty! September 26, 1983 Serpukhov-15 bunker near Moscow, log of events Watch Officer Colonel Stanislav Petrov left earlier the previous evening due to food-related illness. 2nd Watch Officer Ivan Romanakov takes over monitoring duties. At 12:07am, early detection system detects ICBM on route to Soviet soil. Origin: United States. Officer Romanakov deems the warning to be legit and warns the Kremlin. At 12:19am, the Soviet nuclear arsenal is launched. The United States detects the strike and retaliates in kind. 34 seconds before the first warhead strikes Washington, it is realized the original detected ICBM was in fact computer error. The People's Republic of China is struck by Soviet missiles and launches theirs as well. 24 hours after the phantom ICBM was detected, nearly 2 billion people around the world are dead.