The first satellite launched in 1957 sparked the imagination of people on Earth who could now track the artificial “star” through the night sky. In 1986, the Mir space station was launched, and since then humans lived and worked in space.
The UMC built this station by Ganymede, one of Jupiter’s moons.
It had two spindle-like extensions at either end, with a bulbous
middle, like a gyroscope. Its stationary shield ring provided docking
space for ships, while the central hab-ring rotated to provide gravity.
This small mining facility was located within the innermost asteroid belt of 61 Cygni. It was there that Kira met Captain Akawe, of the battleship UMCS Darmstadt.