The most important scientific breakthrough produced by the Paradisi Project was the technology needed to create a stable wormhole large enough to permit the Asteria-class spaceships to travel to the Paradisi System in the Andromeda Galaxy.
It was Einstein’s theory of general relativity back in 1905 that first predicted the possibility of wormholes (or Einstein-Rosen bridges) that could connect far distant galaxies through the fabric of space-time. As a result of research in the 1980s, scientists determined that it would take an artificially constructed wormhole using some form of exotic matter (negative energy) to provide a stable enough connection for a spaceship to travel through. By the beginning of the twenty-first century, wormholes were just one of several theoretical solutions to long distance space travel.
However, it was the impact of the 2014 movie Interstellar on the next generation of scientists that permanently shifted the interest to wormhole technology (rather than faster-than-light technology) as the more productive path for research and development. The breakthrough came with the theory that Ford-Svaiter mirrors (harnessing the Casimir Effect) had the best potential for creating the negative energy necessary to construct a stable wormhole and a ship capable of transiting through that wormhole.
With the funding provided by the Paradisi Project, a secret research station was launched into a Sun-Jupiter Lagrange Point and sustainable wormhole technology experiments began in 2060. Physicists were successful in creating a Ford-Svaiter mirror array (called a Gate) capable of creating a stable wormhole (called a Cavum) that permitted an unmanned probe to travel through to the Andromeda Galaxy by 2075.
Over time, the physicists and astronauts were able to fix the target, or exit, of the wormhole to a section of the Andromeda Galaxy approximately 1.50 billion km away from Tenebra, the furthest planet in the Paradisi Planetary System.
They sent their first manned probe through in 2075, which reported back that New Eden was indeed habitable. Next they worked to build arrays capable of sustaining ever-larger wormholes, until in 2083 they were successful in creating a stable cavum large enough to transport the Asteria-class spaceships they were building.
The Sideris Station, the Sideris Gate, and the Sideris Cavum were all named for Jerome Sideris, the commander of the first manned probe, who after his first report of success, disappeared and was never heard from again.
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