How about some actual rescue mission content? C1-C3 space, you scan down a sig that comes up as an "Unknown Entity" which can be a lost Sisters of Eve ship or a Pirate faction or something, a lone Cruiser or Battlecruiser that asks you for assistance getting back to known space (or even just leaving the current wormhole) and promises a reward. You have the choice of blowing it up for a standings loss with that faction but a high chance of 1 or 2 faction items dropping, or helping them out for standings increase, a lot of LP, and a possible single faction item.
What do people think of those types of additions to exploration? It would obviously need some work in order to actually show an NPC entity how to get out of a wormhole but i bet we could set it up.