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Artwork of the Odyssey launching from Luna.
The Odyssey[1] in orbit over Luna[2] with a pair of Phoenix-class colony ships nearby.
Ship history
The Unified Earth Government logo Unified Earth Government




Colonial Administration Authority[1]


Deconstructed in colonization process of Reach[1]

General characteristics


Colony ship

Slipspace drive:



The Odyssey was the first interstellar human starship[3] and the lead ship in a fleet of colony ships[4] for the Colonial Administration Authority.[1]

Operational history[edit]

Construction and fate[edit]

The Odyssey was launched from a mooring platform in orbit over Luna[2] on January 1, 2362,[5][6] laden with troops and terraforming gear to spearhead the colonization of a new world.[4] Its launch was the result of decades of planning,[7] and the ship itself was the capstone to Project: OUTBOUND.[8]

The Odyssey was sent to Epsilon Eridani,[3] and would arrive at the world in late 2362.[8] It would settle this planet, which would become Reach.[2] The ship would be deconstructed on the world itself.[1]


The launching of the Odyssey sparked the Domus Diaspora, the first wave of human expansion beyond the confines of the Sol system.[4]


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. 'Odyssey' was also the callsign of the Command Module for the April 1970 Apollo 13 mission around the Moon.

List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 116
  2. ^ a b c Halo Mythos - Rise of Humanity, page 54
  3. ^ a b Halo Encyclopedia - Human Colonization of Space, page 42-43 (2009 & 2011 edition)
  4. ^ a b c, Halo Storyline: (Additional copy on HBO Forums) (Retrieved on Apr 24, 2008) [local archive] [external archive]
  5. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition) - Famous UNSC Ships, page 256-257
  6. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2011 edition) - Famous UNSC Ships, page 268-269
  7. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 21
  8. ^ a b Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 42