The Erchius Mining Facility is a quest which sends players to the game's first mission the Erchius Mining Facility.
There are a number of hostile moontants and a boss encounter; the Erchius Horror inside the facility. Players should make sure they've equipped basic protective armor, have a comfortable weapon and some food or healing supplies.
After defeating the Erchius Horror, a passage will unlock to gather the required Erchius Crystals, along with a teleporter to return to the shipyard captain at the outpost.
He'll repair your ship after turn in, enabling it to travel to other planets within the local system. Completing this quest is a requirement of the guest Getting Started, which can now be turned into Esther. It will also unlock the side-quest Free as a Bird.