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- January 1: The Odyssey is launched. The lead ship in the colony vessels, the Odyssey-laden with troops and terraforming gear-spearheads the colonization of a new world, Reach. This sparks the first wave of human expansion beyond the confines of the Solar System.
- The Committee of Minds for Security holds a working session to design feasible models for first-contact scenarios with potentially hostile extraterrestrial intelligences.