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Discoveries in Astroneer consist of a large number of different scenarios randomly generated throughout the Planets. Offering a range of resources, artifacts, puzzles and side quests, they can be highly valuable during both the early and late game. A precious source of refined ores for the starting base and, apart from the rare find in very deep caves, almost exclusively the only place where to obtain space debris artifacts.
Most of these discoveries can be moved with the recourse of winches.
- 1 Satellite Wrecks
- 2 Historical Probes
- 3 Miscellaneous Discoveries
Satellite Wrecks[edit | edit source]
Large White Cylindrical Satellite Piece[edit | edit source]
The large white cylindrical spacecraft always contains a 1-seat and 4 resources. These are attached to a central beam within the spacecraft, accessible through a large hole in the side. The resources range from common to rare. Commonly, 1-2 Artifacts are scattered around the crash site, partially buried in the ground. It broadcasts a radio signal with a barely audible morse code message.
Solar Arrays[edit | edit source]
For the full article, see Solar Arrays.
The Solar Arrays are Space Objects that consist of a single large solar panel and a connection point. The solar panel is one-sided and if facing the sun generates power which can be drawn into a vehicle. It can be moved by the player or a Vehicle. See Solar Array for more information.
Broken Solar Arrays[edit | edit source]
A broken solar array can be found partially or completely buried. This one does not have attachment slots to provide power.
Crashed Lander[edit | edit source]
The Crashed Pod is small compared to other space objects, making it much harder to spot. It is a single pod with 3 attachment points inside containing resources ranging from common to rare. Commonly, 1-2 Artifacts are scattered around the crash site, partially buried in the ground.
Satellite Piece Wrecks[edit | edit source]
Some other variation of the satellite wrecks, this object contains a random amount of resource (somewhere between 3 and 8) and may sometimes spawn a 1-Seat.
Complete Wrecked Space Station[edit | edit source]
A complete assemblage of the various Satellites found across the game. It contains 1 artifact, and 4 resources attached to a central plate in the middle of the craft. Entrance was gained from both ends to acquire all items. The satellite could not be moved even when using multiple winches, but was able to be lifted to the surface using the terrain tool. A thruster was able to be attached to the interior, but did nothing even with 3 hydrazine canisters attached. It was also able to be destroyed by an unfortunate Dynamite accident. Screenshot attached.
Historical Probes[edit | edit source]
Objects designed after historic probes. They can be dragged around (except the Hubble Space Telescope) with a Winch
Hubble Space Telescope[edit | edit source]
Kepler Space Observatory[edit | edit source]
Can be found underground, partially or completely buried. Contains an Artifact. Emits a constant modulated tone.
Mariner 10[edit | edit source]
Can be found underground, partially or completely buried. Contains an Artifact. Emits a constant modulated hum.
New Horizons[edit | edit source]
Can be found underground, partially or completely buried.
Sputnik[edit | edit source]
Can be found underground, partially or completely buried. Emits a constant modulated tone.
Voyager[edit | edit source]
Can be found underground, partially or completely buried. Emits some strange static and garbled up noises before the sound air brake releases and a bunch of garbled noises play before making a secret Morse code after that
it plays random music before ending.
Miscellaneous Discoveries[edit | edit source]
Dead Explorer[edit | edit source]
Occasionally in caves, you will come across a dead explorer. Most of the time you will only see the backpack on the surface while the body is below it. The backpack always has resources ranging from common to rare. The Backpack is also likely to have Batteries, Oxygen Tanks and Dynamite attached to it.
The backpack had an old model, suggesting he might have died before the new backpack was made.
Giant Bones[edit | edit source]
A complete and a partial ribcage, as well as a jaw bone containing Artifacts, can all be found both above and underground.
Thruster[edit | edit source]
For the full article, see Thruster.
Found deep in caves, the Thruster can be mounted on the back of a Rover or Truck and reportedly provides noticeable thrust when driving up steep slopes. For it to work, Hydrazine must be fed to one of the four available slots. It has no fuel tank and simply initiates combustion immediately. Burn lasts for approximately 10 seconds per unit of Hydrazine.
Marbles[edit | edit source]
For the full article, see Marbles.
Puzzling black and white objects with varying patterns that can be found half-buried deep in the caves. They emit a faint glow and can be picked up and mounted on double slots. Until version 119 only a single one of the orbs, the Zebra Ball, spawned in the world. Since then 2 other have been introduced: one with a polka dot pattern and another with a checkered pattern.
Debris[edit | edit source]
A variety of small wreckage can be found around Spacecrafts. Some of them can be mounted on double slots or even the player's backpack. Their function, if any, is so far unknown or unimplemented.
Resource Drop Pod[edit | edit source]
The Resource Drop Pods generate randomly around your spawn area and throughout the Terran planet. They will always contain two resources, one common and one rare. When you first approach a resource pod it will appear as many white spheres stacked in a triangular-pyramid. Once you're close enough, the top two layers will pop off and the resources within will be revealed.