Sun Station

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Sun Station
Sun station.png
Type Satellite
Gravity 0.7g - 0.4g
Inhabitants None
Location Sun

The Sun Station is an ancient Nomai station in an extremely close and rapid orbit around the Sun.

Description[edit | edit source]

The Sun Station is a satellite composed of two huge modules connected by a half-destroyed passageway. The station contains many gravity tiles so that its users can walk instead of free falling. It has been offline for 281,042 years.

Purpose[edit | edit source]

After the Nomai discovered the possibility to send objects and information back in time, they quickly discovered it required exponentially more energy the farther back in time they wanted to send it. The only power source capable of producing enough power for the Nomai’s plan of sending information 22 minutes into the past was the energy produced by a supernova. The Sun Station was thus designed to induce a supernova. The plan was to order the Sun Station to fire 22 minutes after the launch of the Eye of the Universe probe and cause the sun to go supernova. The Ash Twin Project would then use the energy produced by the supernova to send information back in time by 22 minutes and cancel the destruction of the Sun.

Ultimately, the project was deemed a failure as the Sun station was unable to impact the Sun in any meaningful way. The Sun eventually does go Supernova naturally, having reached the end of its lifespan, and not from any interference from the Sun Station.

Nomai mural depicting a Nomai holding scales with on one side the Sun Station and on the other side the Eye of the Universe

Ethics[edit | edit source]

The construction of the Sun Station was the only thing the Nomai did that caused division and debate among them. The debate on the ethics of the use of a device able to destroy the solar system can be seen behind the energy controls of the Sunless City and inside the Sun Station itself.

Accessibility[edit | edit source]

The primary method to access the Sun Station is revealed within the caves on Ember Twin. By using the Sun Station teleportation pad located on Ash Twin, the player can teleport to the Sun Station. The second and much more dangerous method is manually landing the ship on the Sun Station, a challenging feat given the Sun’s immense gravity and the Sun Station’s rapid orbit.

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Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Sun Station is destroyed early in the loop, as is it engulfed by the Sun when it grows to become a red giant.
  • The achievement “Hotshot” is rewarded for successfully landing the ship on the sun station.
  • The Sun Station was first added in the Alpha Demo, containing a secret message