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Space Scout
Explorers in Space
(permanent link) added: 2012-03-16 07:36:52 sponsor: jatay3 (last reply: 2012-03-20 05:15:50)

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These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

This is someone whose profession it is to explore newly discovered worlds. Might be done by a Space Navy, a Space Police, or an organization specifically for the purpose. Might also be done for non-government groups, like Intrepid Merchant s.


  • Vorkosigan Saga: Cordelia was this before she married Aral

  • Andre Norton's science fiction stories had Survey, a service which searched out and explored new planets. The Survey members best known for these activities were the First-In Scouts, who carried out a unending quest for new worlds and systems.

Live-Action TV

  • In Star Trek, Starfleet was originally conceived of as this though it's role as a Space Navy tended to come forward as the show and it's sequels went on.

Tabletop Games

  • Traveller : The Imperial Interstellar Scout Service.

  • In Warhammer 40K Rogue Traders are part this, part Space Pirate and part Intrepid Merchant.

Web Original Example

  • Chakona Space: The Star Corps is quite separate from Star fleet. The 'Corps' mission is generally exploratory, whereas 'Fleet' tends to be military and interstellar law enforcement.

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