In the near future, mankind will leap boldly amongst the stars. As in all our endeavors as a race, we will start small. One mission will push the limits of man’s knowledge, ingenuity and courage. That mission has come. Earth 2 is the story of Lieutenant Colonel Jack Grant, Lieutenant Frank Tiko and Doctor Janet Mathis and their mission: to take a space shuttle fitted with Doctor Mathis’s new engine and claim our place in the universe. Their shuttle, the USS Odysseus, carries the new faster-than-light drive. An engine that will take interplanetary exploration out of the domain of science fiction and into our everyday lives. The launch is a go. The crew is ready. The word is given. "All systems are go for faster than light drive test." The button is pressed. Something goes wrong. {More}