A prologue of the NS Universe
I'll start off with an introduction to my story. Hope you people enjoy the introductary first chapter. Chapter 1: First Steps into the Unknown
There was a time when humans thought that reaching the stars was impossible, and that exploiting the resources of other worlds was impractical. Those thoughts that many people shared about space soon began to change when humans began their exploration of the final frontier by launching robotic probes through their solar system and by sending humans to planets nearby Earth. All of this for science, and there was little or no profit in space exploration besides gaining scientific knowledge. Because of this reason, space companies such as a past one called ?NASA? never had the center of attention in public eyes. People only fully supported projects that would bring them profit, and science was not as important to them as making money.
A large part of the public speakers in the past believed that space exploration was a huge waste of money, and that humans should rid Earth of it?s own troubles before venturing into the huge expanse of space. Even with some public ridicule, space research continued. Technology used in space travel progressed slowly however, as the governments munched away at the space agencies? budget year after year. But even with that, the collaboration between agencies all over the world continued to celebrate successes in scientific knowledge and progress, successes such as sending the first humans onto the moon and ones involving robot rovers on the planet Mars.
Not all of the public viewed space as a money-eater and a waste, but as an exciting voyage into the next frontier of travel and discoveries. Many people believed that having humanity reach into the stars would better mankind forever, and that the technological advances would benefit mankind as well. Those were some of the reasons that the space agencies received attention by those that had the money to fund their projects. All of the efforts soon paid off.
A groundbreaking discovery was made- The discovery that resources and metals that were highly rare on Earth were actually very abundant in the asteroid belt and on the other planets in the solar system. The profit in space was found. The general public became excited in the prospect of collecting resources from Earth?s nearby neighbors, and that was the time when space agencies such as NASA truly began to flourish. Private companies sprung up in the hopes of taking their fair share of the extraterrestrial resources and metals. The budget of the space agencies increased rapidly, and the possibility of mining off-world resources finally became a reality.
Humans sent vehicles containing people to Earth?s moon and Mars. Bases and mining outposts were constructed on the extraterrestrial lands, and humans began exploiting the new resources.
Large bases on the moon and Mars were created. These bases were much larger than the mining groups, and they served as places where they would send their dug up resources to. Two of the more well known bases was the Martian Consortium? and the ?Lunar Base One.? The large bases also served as landing sites for ships. The space faring ships would pick up the fresh resources and take off back to Earth, on a monthly basis. This was how the system between the planets and the colonies worked.
The space agencies reaped in huge profits, and bought a once unknown wealth to Earth. Seeing large and ambitious possibilities, the agencies merged together to create the Sol Company.
With more funding than ever, the Sol Company set ever more ambitious goals to fill the regions of Earth?s solar system. New technologies were discovered, and one of the most important discoveries was Anti-Matter Propulsion. Anti-Matter engines allowed human ships to travel at a very high speed. The first Anti-Matter engine allowed ships to travel from the Earth to the moon in five minutes, and the Earth to Mars in one day. Technology kept on improving at an unbelievable rate, and human stations were eventually constructed in the outer regions of the asteroid belt, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune, Uranus, and even Pluto.
The public opinions of space then regarded the explorations as very profitable and the technologies gained very comfortable. By then, hundreds of companies had already gone into space and made their share of the wealth. Space became commercialized, and was not only led by the governments.
Later on, the rapid transportation that travels between stars demanded was also achieved by humankind. Ships that were capable of such speeds were built, and humans spreaded out of their solar system and embraced the vast space surrounding them.
Earth was at bliss, sheltered by the newfound wealth... People were relaxed and content with the treasures and stuffs of Sol. That relaxation ended soon, when a deadly first contact with a hostile alien race called the Kharaa was made??