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The Aten-Ra System is a blue star system with five planets, located near the Giza Nebula. Astronomer Dr. Piers Langland, a member of the Unified Interplanetary Exploration Taskforce (UIET), discovered the system and its neighboring nebula. The system received its name due to the fact that it was discovered the year that the Forgotten Tombs were found and unearthed in Egypt. Sadly, it was also the year of the Bombing of the Great Pyramids of Giza by religious fundamentalists. The International Astronomical Union approved the naming of the system after ancient Egyptian deities and the naming of the nebula after the Great Pyramids as a remembrance of the great events of that year.
Life is found on Hathor, Amun and its moon Isis, and two of the three moons of Osiris-Anubis and Horus; however, life beyond Hathor and Amun is only microscopic (it is believed to have travel beyond Hathor and Amun as result of early meteorite impacts). Ancient microfossils have been found on the dead planet of Sokar. The Sokarian fossils resemble life on the moons of Osiris and Amun. This is a system teeming with life. So far Amun is only one of two known gas giants to harbor complex life in a thin upper layer.
Hathor is a relatively flat planet with few mountain ranges. Most of the planet is very dry with large desert areas. Large expanses of the surface are covered in great prairies covered in grass-like plants. One species that covers the large spaces actually is one plant that sends out roots underground forming a large megaorganism – one plant can cover hundreds of kilometers. There are no trees as on Earth, large herbaceous plants that resemble the banana trees of Earth create dense “jungles”. The “trees” and the megaorganism plant never occur in the same spot –it seems the two species are constantly battling for space (where the two plants meet there is always a barren “no-man’s-land” between them-it is believed that there is some kind of chemical warfare going on among the two)
|The first planet in the system: Hapi|
|Hathor (with its moon Thoth in the background)|
A nocturnal repto-mammal that survives only on nectar of certain flowers and juices of certain fruits.
|The Moons of Osiris, looking toward Sokar and the Giza Nebula|
|Amun and its moon Isis|
AmunMany incredible life forms live in the thin stable habitable zone on a gas giant. The food chain of the planet includes large balloon-like carnivores, such as the Cloud Tiger, who consume the smaller and plentiful Kites. Kites themselves consume spores from the many forms of fungus and algae present in the zone.
|Sokar and the Giza Nebula|
The Giza Nebula
Residing near the Aten-Ra System, the nebula fills the night skies of all the planets of the system. A defining feature of the nebula is its bright monochromatic redness, caused by the abundance of hydrogen. The three bright white dwarfs ( each one named after one of the three pyramids in Giza) are the three brightest points in the nebula. Some believe the vivid red-purple colour of Sokar is due to the capture of nebula hydrogen by the planet. An odd section of the Giza Nebula is separated from the main body and has a bright blue-white cast (see Hathor photo). Scientists believe that the high temperature of this region is caused by the fact that the hydrogen is being consumed in some unknown type of reaction. Some believe that the reaction might someday consume the entire nebula; others believe that it is a localized reaction. It has been put forth by some that the proximity of the "Blue Cloud" to the planetary system invites the question that the reaction is caused by abandoned alien technology. The establishment of a permanent space station (Langland Station UIET) in orbit around Hathor will study the Giza Nebula and its relationship with the Aten-Ra System.
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