Marcos (Beta Hydri 2221) C310322-9
Marcos is a rockball world with the merest trace of atmospheric gas. This and its moderate temperature range, made it the most habitable world in an otherwise fairly unpromising system. Astrography is the only asset Marcos really has; it is a link on the Jump 2 communications link to Coreward-Trailing and thus was a logical place to build a Science Commission base.
The base is the only major settlement on Marcos and is home to about 80% of the world’s 6,000 people. The remainder dwell in small outposts, many of which undertake tasks that support the base. These include research stations, observatories and specialist installations such as waterprospecting rigs. Marcos is thought to have a modest amount of water locked under its crust and several ‘wildcat’ wells have been drilled to investigate promising sites.