A story about a pace vehicle that suddenly makes an appearance to a vehicle already in orbit:
A weedy thin John Cullum sped along the ceiling pulling himself with whatever hand holds he could reach. When he finally was able to extricate himself from floating tubes and other untied articles, he grabbed Commander Nelson’s chair and burst out.
“You are going to have to see something which I think may be very important.”
Commander Nelson raised his hand in a gesture of “wait” and continued with his calculations on the spacecraft’s oxygen supply.
“Commander, protested Cullum, I know you are busy but this can’t wait.”
Nelson expelled a long audible breath, and in that way letting Cullum know that he was not pleased being disturbed,
Finally turning toward Cullum he said “Well, what is it that can’t wait? I have some very important calculations to make so let’s make it fast.”
“Well Commander, one of the extra-vehicular people is reporting a strange, huge object about 2 kilometers from our craft. It’s not doing anything and there seems to be no activity – but I looked and I am sure it’s not flotsam or space debris.”
“Where is this object to be seen, asked the Commander?”
“It’s at the west porthole, just opposite yours and at about 8 o’clock. It’s a little lower than we are.”
Commander Nelson suddenly looked alarmed to hear that another spacecraft was so close. This could present serious dangers to the craft and his crew.
“l think you had better bring your binoculars,” said Cullum,” maybe there is some insignia or other sign that might be able to identify it”. Both men quickly went to the west porthole and looked.
Commander Nelson was stunned. Just as he was told, a huge spacecraft floated along side of their capsule. Scanning the entire craft with his binoculars, Nelson was unable to find any identifying insignia, flags or numerals.
To identify the object, he could only calculate that the craft was shaped like a clamshell, i.e. it had a top and a bottom that were identical. The vehicle was approximately thirty meters in diameter and ten meters from top to bottom at its deepest dimension. Along the circumference, a black indentation of about one meter wide was intersected by another black indentation about two meters wide at a right angle to the first. The two indentations divided the spacecraft into four equal parts. There was no sign of movement nor any illumination. The upper shell of the vehicle was a bright, shiny surface that reflected the sun’s rays, while the bottom half of the shell was the same metal but with a brushed finish. There were no other indentations or protuberances. For some reason Commander Nelson thought that the metal was Titanium but he couldn’t be sure. He handed the binoculars to Cullum and told him to continue watching the spacecraft and to let him know, immediately, if any activity was noticed.