Shung Wu checked the map on her heads up display for the third time in the past half hour and sighed. How had she gotten into Pod A.3785.b205 from Pod D.1050.z005!? She'd been on station for six months, how was she still getting lost? Wu floated over to the nearest observation port; maybe she'd be able to orient herself.
She was deep in the matrix array of six-armed pods. Every arm bristled with sensors before extending into a connector tube with the next pod over’s arm. North, south, east, west, vertical, and down, pods extended in a box structure out beyond her visual range. Genetic engineering and cyborg enhancements could do a lot, but a visual range of 1 AU? That was what telescopes were for. The extension of perception out to the ultraviolet range on the other hand was entirely necessary out here. This far between stars, the only real light was what leaked from the pods.
Wu sighed again and set off for the vertical pod connection. Seriously, they could build a science station 2 AU across and hadn't thought to install GPS?
Actually, what was she expecting from a group of engineers who couldn't come up with a better name than ‘The Very, Very Large Array?’ Besides the best damn physics and astronomy research station in the empire.
She grabbed a rung and pulled off to the side as one of the Virrilix floated past. Shaped like a polar bear, but elephant sized and with curling horns that reminds Wu of a cape buffalo, the Virrilix had unspoken right of way in the station corridors. That much mass was hard to turn quickly.
She'd find her sleeping quarters soon enough. And if not, she was on a first name basis with station security. Mother, the station AI, was making noises about hacking her heads-up to project routes for her again. Bloody three-dimensional labyrinth puzzles with no actual up or down orientation.