Then felt I like some watcher of the skies/ When a new planet swims into his ken. — Keats, “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer”.

It is a scene familiar to any sci-fi aficionado: the tiny dot, a speck against a vast, dark background, zooms steadily closer until a whole world spans your field of vision. Now the adventure can begin.

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