During the battle, a UNSC sniper managed to hit a plasma round from some sort of Covenant launcher. The shot caused an explosion that destroyed any organic matter in a radius of 10 meters. A Lieutenant Hencheck then managed to steal enough Covenant armaments and other artifacts to fill a Pelican. He managed to escape before the Covenant received reinforcements.
Lt. Hencheck's eventually succumbed to radiation poisoning. However, his escape helped lead to the Hencheck Findings. These findings helped the Office of Naval Intelligence understand more about the Covenant's weaponry.