“The dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.”
The Apollo Space Program was a vision come to life when the Apollo 11 crew landed on the surface of Earth’s moon. For decades, it stood alone as the single greatest achievement in deep space exploration. On the heels of the program, mankind was tested to push themselves harder, and further into space.
On stardate 238902.03, the Achilles Class predecessor, USS Apollo, launched with a mission of peace and exploration of the far reaches of the Beta Quadrant, near the Typhon Sector. Sadly, on stardate 239104.19, the ship was lost in battle against two Borg Cubes. The crew of the Apollo were on a classified mission and had to prevent a potentially dangerous substance from falling in Borg hands.
In the ashes of the incident, the crew was eventually reassigned to the next iteration of the namesake. The Odyssey Class, USS Apollo-A launched from Utopia Planitia on stardate 239109.04. The ship was the newest and largest ever constructed by Starfleet. With her size, came a responsibility of the same size. Picking up where the original USS Apollo left off, the successor departed for the Typhon Sector to boldly go where no one has gone before.
With a mandate for deep space exploration, the Apollo-A would use her slipstream drive to extend Federation relations to systems unknown. They would act as an ambassador of peace, as they charted more of the universe.
both literally and figuratively, is the work of generations,
but no matter how much progress one makes
there is always the thrill of just beginning."
- Robert Goddard
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