The Destiny was built by the Ancients a long time ago when they lived in the Milky Way. The ship, launched from Earth, was meant to be a manned exploration vessel that followed automated starships that planted Stargates on planets throughout the universe, one galaxy at a time. Destiny was never boarded by its intended crew, but continued on an automated course that followed these seeder ships and updated its database with information about each of the planets on which a Stargate was placed.
Millions of years later, Earth's Icarus Base personnel ended up aboard Destiny. They discovered that they may input their needs into the computer system and the Destiny will propose several planets within range that had a high probably of success.
When Destiny decides on the planets to visit, it drops out of faster-than-light (FTL) speed, dials the first planet on the list, and starts a countdown timer (at least 12 hours) before it resumes its automated course. Because of this time limit, it's possible for those who are on a planet to get left behind with no way to return to the ship. However, it was discovered on the first trip through Destiny's Stargate that the ship has certain protocols in place that prevent the Stargate from shutting off while matter is being buffered, even after the countdown has completed. Once the wormhole is clear (that is, once everyone arrives whole on the other side), Destiny powers down the Stargate and resumes its faster-than-light course.
NOTE: These missions are not necessarily consecutive, since there were probably several planets visited by the crew that cannot be formally logged here. Those missions documented herein are among the most notable.
Mission 1: Desert Planet: Obtain Calcium Carbonate
- Goal: Find calcium carbonate to scrub carbon dioxide from the air supply system aboard Destiny.
- Primary Team: Lt. Matthew Scott, Leader; MSgt. Ronald Greer; Dr. Nicholas Rush; Eli Wallace; Geologist Andrea Palmer (MIA); Jeremy Franklin (shot); Sgt. Curtis (MIA)
- Secondary Team: Lt. Vanessa James, Leader; Sgt. Spencer; Cpl. Gorman
- Outcome: Curtis and Palmer overrode the lockout on another planet and went through the Stargate to investigate, but all contact was lost with them. They were left behind when the Destiny left the area. Greer shot Franklin, who was about to follow Curtis and Palmer, in the shoulder in order to save his life since Rush believed that going to a planet locked out by the Destiny meant certain death. Lt. James led a three-man S&R team to find Scott and Greer who were farthest from the Stargate and out of contact, but had to return to the Stargate without success because of the countdown. Scott found the calcium carbonate, apparently with the help of a sentient lifeform that manifested itself in the form of a dust devil, but he and Greer weren't able to make it back to the Stargate before the countdown ended. Eli Wallace held the wormhole open beyond the 12-hour countdown by sticking his arm into the event horizon, thus providing Scott and Greer enough time to make it through.
- Lifeforms: There appeared to be a sentient lifeform that manifested itself in a dust devil that led Scott to the lake bed composed of calcium carbonate. (See Mission 3)
Mission 2: "Goldilocks" Planet: Survive
- Goal: Take a group of survivors to a nearby planet in order to escape the apparent imminent destruction of the Destiny.
- Primary Team: A group of 17 people: two chosen by Col. Everett Young: Lt. Matthew Scott (pilot) and Lt. Tamara Johansen (medic); the remaining 15 chosen by lottery: Airman Darren Becker, David Walters, Camile Wray, Lt. Vanessa James, Dr. Lisa Park, Adam Brody, Sgt. Hunter Riley, Dr. Boone, and seven others.
- Outcome: This planet, sitting between a planet that was too hot and one that was too cold in the "Goldilocks zone", was considered the best choice of the three inhabitable worlds near where the Destiny had stopped. The shuttle was launched before the Destiny got too close to a sun that they thought it would be colliding into. The spectrographic analysis for the planet indicated that there was oxygen, nitrogen, liquid water, and only trace levels of carbon dioxide. Brody predicted that it wouldn't have much vegetation and that the thermometer wouldn't be spending much time above zero. To everyone's surprise, the Destiny entered the sun on purpose in order to gather energy to recharge its reserves. The shuttle crew returned to the Destiny, but not without a few scratches on the shuttle's bottom due to a death-defying landing piloted by Scott after he used the planet's gravity to slingshot into an intercepting course.
- Lifeforms: None indicated.
Mission 3: "Hoth" Planet: Obtain Drinking Water
- Goal: Obtain drinking water to fill the tank on the Destiny.
- Primary Team: Col. Everett Young, Leader; Lt. Matthew Scott
- Outcome: The planet was uninhabitable, with a temperature of -47° Celsius and an atmosphere composed of .13% molecular oxygen and 95% carbon dioxide with an hint of argon, but Destiny brought the crew here because there was water. Eli Wallace nicknamed the planet "Hoth" after the ice planet in the Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back movie. In order to even step foot on the planet, Young and Scott had to don protective suits left by the Ancients long, long ago. They had approximately eight hours' worth of oxygen if they didn't over exert themselves. Snow and ice near the Stargate contained ammonia and other toxic chemicals, so the two men went further from the Stargate. They found pure water in a frozen waterfall, but getting the chunks of ice was slow work, even with a plasma cutter and a kino-cart that hovered. To complicate matters, there were slight tremors and Scott fell through the ice into a crevasse. It took time for Young to pull him out, but Young refused to lose any more men under his command, so he opted to save Scott rather than bring in the second load of ice.
- Lifeforms: Some of the "sand entities" that Scott encountered as a dust devil on Mission 1 had followed him through the Stargate and were discovered to be the ones rapidly depleting the water supply in order to reproduce. For the most part, they were peaceful, but when Cpl. Gorman fired his gun at them, they attacked and killed him. The alien group, which had grown exponentially, was led by Lt. Johansen into a barrel containing water and sent through the Stargate to this planet. Recognizing Scott, they left the two men alone and went on their way on their new homeworld.
Mission 4: Jungle Planet: Obtain Food and the Cure from a Microorganic Infection
- Goal: Originally, this planet was visited to obtain food from the rich plant life, but after two kinos containing warning messages were discovered left behind by two future versions of their team, the focus of a secondary visit was to capture the nocturnal creatures that had the healing properties in their venom necessary to cure the crew from a microorganism that they consumed from some of the tainted water from the ice planet visited in Mission 3.
- Primary Team: To obtain the creatures for the cure: Col. Everett Young, Leader; Lt. Matthew Scott and unnamed others
- Outcome: Col. Young's team was able to capture a few of these creatures in time to extract the venom and produce a cure to save Dr. Dale Volker and Chloe Armstrong, both of whom were already exhibiting the symptoms of the microorganic infection. The team also had to race against time while on the planet in order to avoid the effects of a solar flare that would interfere with wormhole travel. Solar flares had bent the wormholes of the teams who possessed the kinos that were sent back in time. If it hadn't been for these two teams' discoveries and sacrifices, the current timeline's crew would all most likely have died from the microorganic infection.
- Lifeforms: These nocturnal creatures lived in three-foot tall mounds that emitted heavy sulphuric odors. They traveled along the ground in groups at night to go hunting. They had the ability to leap into the air and burrow clear through a person before the person's body hit the ground. They also had a terrible bite, but their venom was discovered to have healing properties.
Mission 5: Rocky Planet: Site of Alien Space Craft
- Goal: The primary team was sent to explore the planet that the Destiny had selected. Once the alien space craft had been discovered, the secondary team arrived to study the ship further.
- Primary Team: Dr. Dale Volker, Leader; Dr. Caine, Lt. Vanessa James, Airman Rennie
- Secondary Team: Col. Everett Young and Dr. Nicholas Rush
- Outcome: At first, the primary team thought that visiting the planet with its rocky terrain was for nothing, but just as they were about to give up and return to the Destiny, they came upon an alien space craft. After their initial study, the team concluded that the craft was not of Ancient design and was not emitting any radiation or EM fields. They couldn't find a way to open the hatch. Upon hearing of the find, Dr. Rush asked to visit the site and Col. Young accompanied him. With only a few hours left before the Destiny reentered FTL, Young ordered the primary team to return through the Stargate while he and Rush did a quick survey of the site. Reluctantly, the primary team left, not realizing that Young was about to confront Rush for attempting to frame him for a crewman's death. The two men had a fight and Young left Rush behind, claiming that he had fallen in a rock slide. The Destiny took off without Rush.
- Lifeforms: The alien space craft may or may not be of the planet's indigenous population. Currently, Dr. Rush is the only lifeform of any significance on the planet, stranded there purposefully by Col. Young.
--DeeKayP 02:54, 16 October 2009 (UTC)