I remember docking at a space station in the Ross 128 system. It was a long time ago though.
A new study to appear in Astronomy & Astrophysics has detected what could be our closest exoplanet that is not only rocky, but also orbits a star with a low amount of solar activity that could help an atmosphere survive – Ross 128 b. Proxima Centauri b, about 4.25 light years away from our Sun, garnered a lot of media …
I think Frontier used some basic predictions from then current astrophysics about what kind of planets you might find in what kind of systems. Bell wasn't involved in it though. Original Elite was much more Hitchiker's Guide in its approach to star system generation.
Used to have the cycle of short stories that came with FE2, but lost it and have never found a copy online. I remember it being quite good and them all having a common thread. Would be very tempted to get back into Elite if there was a single player version, massively multiplayer doesn't really tempt me.
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