From the introduction:
The Interstellar Survey Cruiser, Outreach, is on a routine surveying tour beyond the frontier in the Procyon StarSector. Long range astronomical data estimates a 55% chance of a planet orbiting within the stellar ecosphere of a type K1 star designated NCG 8436.
Mission: Map out system, if there are planets. Determine habitability of any planets within ecosphere. Natural dangers and means of control should be checked. Contact with sentient natives, if any, arranged only with the approval of contact specialist personnel.