If you’re anything like us, you accidentally picked up and completed the optional objective "Derelict Shuttle." This is one of Prey’s optional objectives that curiosity might lead you to well before you would pick it up as part of the main story.
There are two ways to find the shuttle Exalt. If you see it floating out there in space on one of your spacewalks, you can just fly over to it. Or you can wait until you explore the Pilot Planning Room as part of the "The Repo Man" main story objective. You’ll pick up Galel Seif’s TranScribe and listen to a message from the shuttle Exalt’s captain. This will give you the "Derelict Shuttle" optional objective.
Find out what happened to Hunter Hale and Shuttle Exalt
Spoiler: They all died. That’s it.
There’s only one tricky part to this objective. There may be a weaver waiting for you in or around the shuttle when you get there (it was there in one of our games, but not the other). A combination of a Nullwave Transmitter (or the psychoshock typhon power) and your Q-beam will make short(ish) work of it.
When you get inside the shuttle, there’s no investigating to do. You answer the question just by showing up. Loot everything and everyone you see. You can repair the panel on the wall to get access to the cargo bay for even more loot.