Dr. Eric Hale was a chemist and astronaut who flew for NASA in the Lazarus missions.The planet he visited was a purple foggy world orbiting the Pantagruel-Gargantua system which the planet was named after him.
Not very much is known about Dr. Hale, though it is estimated that his planet is between Miller's planet and Mann's planet. Eric found minerals in the brown stone of his planet and discovered that the atmosphere was dense with carbon dioxide, hydrogen and nitrogen. He also noticed the atmosphere was constantly filled with a purple haze. Hale and his unnamed robot companion attempted to collect data on the suitability of the planet for human life before finally determining that the planet was not habitable. He therefore sent the thumbs-down signal. After 6 years, he was killed in a toxic storm.