U.N.S.C. Carrier Atlas on patrol in the Mars system
Atlas cruised along at a sedate orbital speed, dark except for the small lights twinkling like star in the black. In the pristine silence of space, she seemed peaceful, quiet.
Aboard, things were quite different. Crew floated about, readying the cryo pods for another 4-month journey to Earth. Since humanity had mastered space flight, they still were confined to their solar system. Small. Insignificant.
Atlas was almost new, on her first duty tour. Now, as she passed the outer reches of the Martian orbit, the watch officer, bored out of his mind, heard the "beep" of a radar contact. In fact, several radar contacts popped up, moving with alarming speed.
He tripped the alarm, and within 1 minute, Atlas came about to face this new contact.
March 13, U.N.S.C. cruiser Marathon, on patrol in the Mars system
Report from UNSC Marathon, currently deployed Mars system
Found what's left of Atlas. Nothing bigger than 1 square meter. It doesn't fit the rebels' weapons. It just doesn't sit right.
I don't like this any more than you do, Admiral, but we need to find out what could turn the heaviest vessel in our fleet into kibble.
Advice and constructive critisism are welcome.