Searching Into The Past Essay

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Odd, is it not? When one is told to expand your horizons, you never think further beyond a few thousand miles or across an ocean. You certainly never think to travel back in time and discover things there. As a moderately successful anthropological expert, the life of David Thompson revolved around museums, libraries, and dig sites. "Be honest with yourself, David," he thought. "The discovery of Stargate has changed the lives of everyone it touched, and the idea that you could travel back in time..." the thoughts spun around in his head. I wonder what sort of mission we're going on this time, wondered David. David's science research team had been called to a meeting that afternoon to be assigned a new project, and he hadn't the slightest idea what it would be. "Could it be a journey to the past?" he thought. Although uncertain about what exactly they would be assigned to do, David had a feeling that it was going to be like nothing the crew had ever encountered before.*"Thompson," David heard General Jack Kauffman call from the hallway by his quarters as the rest of the team waited for him to finish recording his field notes. As usual, he was running behind, making everyone else late for their next briefing. Through the door he saw James Carter adjust his uniform lapels, and Cliff O'Neil shuffle his feet. David quickly stuffed his pen and journal into his jacket pocket, and went to join them."Glad you could make it," Carter remarked over his shoulder."Sorry," mumbled David as they headed for the conference room."Say, who's this person intel's sent over for the new project?" asked Carter."I'm not sure. I heard a rumor that she's either a university professor or a museum curator," replied David."We'll see," said O'Neil.*General Kauffman stood up and strode over to the screen mounted on the far wall. Beside it was an easel where they had pinned up a star map dotted with colored thumbtacks, indicating the dial-up locations they had been able to reach so far."People, I would like you to meet our newest recruit, Gina McKenna," Kauffman began. The Caucasian woman standing beside him wore her hair in a simple braid and was dressed in standard military fatigues. Her warm brown eyes smiled brightly, and she nodded as Kauffman went around the table introducing the rest of the crew."All right, everyone, let's get down to business," said Kauffman as soon as he finished introducing the group. "As you know, we send probes through the Gate when a new dial-up location is discovered." He picked up a stack of papers and ruffled through them for a moment, then sent them back down. "According to intel, they've discovered a dial-up location designated DTX 0711. There's an access point there, and for your next mission, you will be able to travel back in time to an ancient civilization."David's heart skipped a beat. He had received briefing on a couple of intel's discoveries, but in any case, he felt like a kid in a candy store just learning about the Gate's existence....

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