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Mark of a Civilization

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Ever since the first man in space, all scientists who had ever raised their eyes to the sky have asked themselves the same question – is Earth truly that unique, or is there another planet hospitable enough for humanity to survive on? It was the year 2140 when the NASA's attention focused on the, until then unremarkable, binary star in Messier galaxy.
The bigger star of the system was orbited by a planet with an atmosphere containing the right ratio of nitrogen and oxygen. Space probes were sent immediately, and NASA’s hopes were confirmed. Therefore, in 2169 the first man - astronaut Brian Epstein together with his navigator John Reid - took their first steps on the surface of the new planet. The duo confirmed Earth's wildest hopes: it was indeed possible to survive on the planet.
A space fever immediately broke out on Earth, all nations invested more than generously into new and advanced spaceships, which shortened the journey to the new planet to a mere year and a half of Earth time. In ten more years, there was nearly a million new inhabitants on the planet. That planet perhaps used to have a different name but was now known to everybody as Queen.
Unfortunately, while the Queen civilization flourished, the one on Earth was facing dire times. An enormous economic crisis broke out, which led most of the developed world to the very bottom of existence. Under these circumstances it was simply not possible to send any new spaceships. Contact with Queen was discontinued, more so with the break out of World War III, which lasted for long years and led Earth to a state of utter devastation which lasted for decades.
It took hundreds of years for the Earth people to even begin to think about a connection with the planet, which was by then just little more than a legend. All the signals sent from Earth were met with no response, all probes got lost. The Messier galaxy was nicknamed “The Intergalactic Bermuda triangle”.
After long negotiations, a spaceship with a living crew was sent to figure the situation out. After a year and a half of journey, Earth got a message – the astronauts got to Queen, landed safely, atmosphere was breathable, radiation in normal range and all machines were working perfectly. And then – silence. This mysterious fiasco led most people to believe the planet Queen was indeed a lost world. But despite the protests of experts, in the year of 2639 another ship was sent with two volunteers on board: captain Brian May and engineering officer John Deacon.