The mission was simple: Go to planet LV-426, re-establish contact with the colonists
, find any hostile xenomorphic life-forms
on the planet and destroy them. Entry to the colony complex itself was done in the M577 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC), with a team of ten Colonial Marines
, two civilians
and one artificial person
- but only consultant Ellen Ripley
had ever encountered a xenomorph before. When the Marines came under attack in a xenomorph hive, Ripley seized control of the APC and drove it directly into the hive itself to rescue the survivors.