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Colony ship


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Service information


January 1, 2362


Unified Earth Government


The Odyssey was the first interstellar human starship[1] and the lead ship in a fleet of colony ships.[2]

Operational history[edit]

It was launched from a mooring platform in orbit over Luna[3] on January 1, 2362,[4] laden with troops and terraforming gear to spearhead the colonization of a new world.[2]

The Odyssey was sent to Epsilon Eridani,[1] where it would settle the world that would become Reach.[3] The launching of the Odyssey sparked the first wave of human expansion beyond the confines of the Sol system.[2]


The name 'Odyssey' derives from an epic poem written by the Greek poet, Homer. The story follows a commander, Odysseus, who gets lost on his return from the Trojan War, sailing to various places over the course of two decades. The name is fitting for the ship because of the parallels: humanity embarks on a long voyage after emerging from the Interplanetary War.

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), Human Colonization of Space, p. 42-43 (2009 & 2011 edition)
  2. ^ a b c Halo Storyline (Defunct, Copy on HBO Forums, Wayback Machine, and Halopedia)
  3. ^ a b Halo Mythos: A Guide to the Story of Halo, Rise of Humanity, p. 54
  4. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), Famous UNSC Ships, p. 256-257 (2009); p. 268-269 (2011 edition)