Red moon

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Starbuck's Viper plummets onto the Red Moon.

The red moon is a rocky and mountainous world with no discernible life or water. It orbits a gas giant located a considerable amount of jumps away from the Twelve Colonies. The moon's thick, frigid atmosphere is composed mostly of carbon dioxide and methane with a small amount of argon. Dangerous high velocity winds dominate the upper atmosphere, and hydrocarbon clouds form an opaque screen around the moon.

Weeks after the Fall of the Twelve Colonies, the moon is the site of a small skirmish between several Cylon Raiders and a handful of Colonial pilots in training. After engaging the Raiders, pilot Kara "Starbuck" Thrace finds her fighter falling out of control into the moon's atmosphere and ejects, parachuting to relative safety on the surface (TRS: "Act of Contrition"). As she struggles to maintain a limited oxygen supply and await rescue, she encounters the last Raider that she shot down during the battle. Thrace removes the dead biological material from the Raider's interior and manages to fly the Raider off the moon's surface and back into space (TRS: "You Can't Go Home Again").


  • One of Bear McCreary's music tracks for "You Can't Go Home Again" is titled "Starbuck on the Red Moon."