SHEO Project

Scientific achievement

Feb. 7 2031 CE - Present

In early 2031, the imaging component of the Sagan High-powered Exoplanet Observatory -the largest and most powerful telescope yet built by humans- was successfully inserted in an Earth-trailing orbit. Immediately it turned its gigantic eye on nearby star systems, seeking to capture the first detailed direct image of an extrasolar planet.

It succeeded.

On November 9, 2031, SHEO-I beamed home the first visible-spectrum close-view photograph of a world bound to a star other than Sol. The subject of the image, though washed out and grainy, was clearly a terrestrial world, and it orbited none other than Sol’s neighbor Alpha Centauri.
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Related Location
Alpha Centauri
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