| Terra |
|Orbital Distance:||1.26 AU|
|Orbital Period:||1.43 Earth Years|
|Day Length:||26.2 Earth Hours|
|Atm. Pressure:||1.02 atm|
|Surface Temp:||16.4 °C|
|Surface Gravity:||1.07 g|
|Mass:||1.27 Earth Masses|
When found, Terra was a lone rock world in a system of giants. Humans colonized the planet after their homeworld's demise, choosing the planet because of its complete lack of life, knowing that nothing they could do to the world could ruin it. Today after years of hard work, the world is a paradise.
Discovery and SettlementEdit
Terra was first discovered several years prior to the exodus from Earth during initial galactic exploration. When it was found, the planet had a weak atmosphere composed mostly of nitrogen and carbon dioxide and an average temperature in the -50's, but due to its abundant supply of water frozen on the northern and southern poles and its near-earth gravity and day length, it was considered a prime candidate for terraforming.
While Terra had seen some initial development prior to the exodus, it wasn't until after the remaining governments of Earth issued the Evacuation Protcol that any real interest in Terra developed. Most of Earth's former governments were looking for new planets to develop, and immediately many of them noticed Terra's earth-like conditions. Over the next few years many of these old governments established colonies and cities on Terra and development boomed in this time. The water in the poles was melted, the atmosphere thickened, and much of the remaining flora and fauna of Earth as well as some artificial species were used to populate artificial biomes.
So as to ensure that what happened to Earth would not happen to Terra or any other human world, the Soranus-Valley Accord, a strict and universally binding agreement, was drafted to protect the local biosphere on all human colonies.
Today, Terra's ecology is very similar to old Earth's with many natural and some artificial organisms populationing a planet wide biosphere. Terra's current population is close to 9 billion humans, but due to the Soran-Valley Accord, much of the planet remains virtualy untouched by human development. Most of Terra's major cities have populations in the tens of millions but many have buildings that reach more than a kilomter into the sky and can house over a hundred thousand people. As a result, each city only take up only a few square kilometers.
Terra's two moons, Apollo and Artemis, serve primarily as docking and refueling stations for ships entering Terran space, however they also have many recreational areas for crews and passengers. Apollo is the larger and closer of the two and is tidally locked to Terra, while Artemis has a longer orbital period and a rotational period of 37 hours.