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Egeria was a manned human (Homo sapiens) spacecraft sent to Proxima Centauri. It was the second human manned spacecrafts to enter interstellar space and reach a foreign star system. It was designed by billionaire engineer Blore Ragner. Its main engine was powered by nuclear fusion and was equipped with an antimatter Warp engine for FTL, although this was a later addition. There were 5 crew members aboard. John Timwall was the commander and pilot of the spacecraft.

Journey

Once all five crew members were aboard, it was launched from New South Wales in Australia in 19 August 2062. It entered the Oort cloud in 21 August 2062 and exited it 2 days later. After a half year journey, on January 23, 2063, the ship finally entered the Proxima Centauri system.

When they first arrived, members of the Vagi I mission were still on the surface. The crew sent out a hail and received a reply.

Since the spacecraft itself couldn't explore the entirety of Aeros, 10 probes were deployed in orbit of the planet, each one targeted a specific portion of the planet's surface. Egeria then went into orbit of Aeros. The crew then proceeded to send a lander with 4 of the 5 astronauts down to southern hemisphere near the large landlocked ocean while Timwall stayed aboard the orbiting spacecraft. A few hours later, the Vagi I shuttle approached and landed nearby.

For ten days, the Vagi I crew helped the Egeria crew set up their own base camp as well as providing them with a copy of their own database complete with their own scientific studies of the northern hemisphere, but on February 2 2063 the crew of the Vagi I left to explore Helion.
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Tim Greerson standing on Aeros

Tim Greerson, an astronaut and biologist, observed the very first lifeform, which Heinrich Bergmann later named Alienobacterium proximus. It was a microscopic, unicellular and silicon-based organism. Other organisms were later identified by Bergmann and other scientists. Greerson collected samples of the organism. The Egeria spent a year in orbit, exchanging crewmembers to come down while others spent time on the spacecraft. For three months, the crew of the Vagi I, returning from their short but intensive study of Helion, helped the crew of the Egeria document and explore the vastly different southern pole of the planet before returning to Earth themselves. The ship left orbit to return to Earth on February 4, 2064. On July 5, 2064, they entered Earth orbit.

On the way back, Greerson was able to conduct several experiments on the organism and recorded it. Once he returned to Earth, Greerson met up with astrobiologist Heinrich Bergmann and gave him the samples and records. Bergmann spent years studying the alien microbe and finally in 2068 he described.and named the organism.

Technology and design

Early designing began in late 2020's by Blore Ragner of the RPSA with the help of NASA. Construction of Egeria began in the mid 2030's by RPSA, and it was built with the latest technologies. Rather than a spaceship, it was more of a mobile space station with modules (a bit like the Endurance in Christopher Nolan's 2014 movie Interstellar) . In the early 2050's, RPSA was already searching for candidates. An antimatter Warp engine was finished in the mid-late 2050's. The first module was a central "tube" with zero gravity. Here labs, hubs and pathways were built. Next, solar panels and nuclear reactors for energy were installed and finally 4 arc circle rings which rotate, creating artificial gravity. Resting rooms, toilets, kitchens, gyms and even a swimming pool were also built inside the rotating rings. Shields and artificial magnetic fields were installed for protection against debris, particles and radiation. Construction finished in late-2050's. The entire spaceship was a staggering 2000 kilometres and took four decades to build.

Crew

John Timwall - commander and pilot
Tim Greerson - biologist and astronaut

Charlie Oldman - technichian and electrician

Sarah Veil - astronaut, botanist and astronomist

Victor Windchester - astronaut and supervision

Trivia

  • Egeria comes from Roman mythology. She was a water nymph, and exchanged wisdom and knowledge for water and milk. The name was chosen because the crew was sacrificing their time, effort and risk to learn more about the Proxima Centauri system and the universe
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