Submarine TITANS has the unique distinction of being the only game in the RTS genre where the entire realm takes place fully underwater. It is also the earliest RTS to have a full-fledged spectator feature for single and multiplayer and also the only RTS of its time to have an AI which could, when so instructed, play the entire game for the player, handling combat and building on all sides.
This game is also one of the very first RTS games which had fully user-editable AI scripts, including an extremely detailed manual included on the CD on how to mod your own AIs. The game lobby allows a wide range of options, such as removing unit number limitations, starting resources or starting tech level. It also comes with a fully functional map editor, which can create both multiplayer maps and scripted missions and campaigns.
From millennium-skipping Victorians to phone booth-hopping teenagers, the term time travel often summons our most fantastic visions of what it means to move through the fourth dimension. But of course you don’t need a time machine or a fancy wormhole to jaunt through the years.
As you’ve probably noticed, we’re all constantly engaged in the act of time travel. At its most basic level, time is the rate of change in the universe — and like it or not, we are constantly undergoing change. We age, the planets move around the sun, and things fall apart.
We measure the passage of time in seconds, minutes, hours and years, but this doesn’t mean time flows at a constant rate. Just as the water in a river rushes or slows depending on the size of the channel, time flows at different rates in different places. In other words, time is relative.
But what causes this fluctuation along our one-way trek from the cradle to the grave? It all comes down to the relationship between time and space. Human beings frolic about in the three spatial dimensions of length, width and depth. Time joins the party as that most crucial fourth dimension. Time can’t exist without space, and space can’t exist without time. The two exist as one: the space-time continuum. Any event that occurs in the universe has to involve both space and time.
- This is what exploration is all about, says Nasa researcher Alan Stern, who is responsible for the project, to Business Insider.
New Horizons will take several hundred photographs of Ultima Thule at the passage in order for the researchers to be able to study its geography and surface.
When the nuclear-powered space probe began its journey in 2006, the mission was to study Pluto, 500 million miles from the earth. Nasa then did not know Ultima Thule's existence. Only in 2014 could the celestial body, located 160 million miles beyond Pluto, be documented via the Hubble telescope.
Early history of the solar system
After exploring Pluto in 2015, New Horizons has continued in the unknown.
- If we knew what to expect, we would never have gone to Ultima Thule. It's an object we've never encountered before, says Alan Stern to Business Insider.
Both Pluto and Ultima Thule are in the so-called Kuiper belt - which consists of millions of frozen objects in orbit around the sun beyond Neptune. It is a cold part on the edge of the solar system.
According to the researchers, the Kuiper Belt hides secrets about the solar system's early history. It is hoped that Ultima Thule will reveal something about how planets such as the Earth were formed.
Nasa describes Ultima Thule as a seed, or a building block, to a planet that has not developed further.
Like a time capsule
Alan Stern is similar to the celestial body at a 4.5 billion-year-old time capsule.
- It's like when someone first opened and went into Pharaoh's tomb and discovered a 1,000-year-old culture. The difference is that this is about exploring the beginning of the solar system, he says to Business Insider.
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