Well, bearing in mind what the359 said about new ships in the com chatter in TMP E, I've gone and listened to it over and over again. I can hear the "Long Range Shuttle Lakia" part. And now I can hear what I guess is "NCC-1715," but I can't hear the "Cruiser Merrimac" part of that message. And also, I think I can hear a reference to a starship Lincoln, as well.
So can we get an audion expert on this and see if he/her can come up with an audio clip that we can hear more clearly?
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I decided to try fiddling with the .mp3, to see if I could remove the music and get at the words a bit better. I had but a little luck . . . the music changes a fair bit over the short duration of the thing, and, with the program I'm using, if I remove too much of the music, I start losing the voice.
What I hear is "Epsilon IX, Epsilon IX, this is long-range shuttle XXXXXXX (sounds like Lincoln, but it could be Lakia pronounced "LAY-kya") . . . . be advised (please advise?), USS Merrimac, NCC-1715, that we are in range. (Gobbledygook . . . more Gobbledygook.) (Male Voice): "Received your transmission"
I'll keep fiddling. See if this helps, or if anyone can do more with it:
This is what I've been able to reconstruct...
One transmission goes: "Epsilon Nine, Epsilon Nine -- This is long-range shuttle Laika..."
And a couple moments later, another exchange begins: "Be advised -- U.S.S. Merrimac(k), NCC-1715 -- Have started landing mission [ ... ] [power? or hour?], due to problems that will be explained upon our arrival." "Received and understood."
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It's really Laika, not Lakia or Lincoln. Only, Laika is pronounced as "Lay-ka". Laika makes sense anyway, as shuttles are always called after scientists and explorers. Even though Laika is a dog... it was the first living organism in space (Sputnik-2, wasn't it?).
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