For this quest players need to scan a number of Apex themed objects which can be found in dungeons or villages. Apex settlements are most likely to be found on tundra planets, which are referred to as 'frozen' in ship navigation.
Only specific objects provide progress points toward quest completion when scanned. To complete the quest players must earn 50 inspection points. There are a number of key objects, which award 20 points each, these will trigger a radio message from Esther. Each settlement or village should have at least one key object placed somewhere within it. Completing this quest may require players visit a number of different planets.
After earning 50 points Esther will summon the player to return to turn in. Completing this quest is a prerequisite to unlock the Apex mission.
"I think we should begin our hunt for the Apex artifact. The Apex are generally found on frozen planets around frozen stars, so those are the best places to search for the clues we need. Wrap up warm dear, and remember: Apex society is in upheaval at the moment, so be on your guard."
"You've found all the clues we need to locate the Apex artifact! This is brilliant, dear - we've come so far."