61 Ursae Majoris is a G8V star which lies four lightyears off the Asgard hyperspace route. That makes it extremely easy to travel to, and it was the target of a major bidding war for international colonization rights. A consortium of South American nations won the rights and named their new possession San Lucas. Their colony ship arrived in 2178, a mere four years after Asgard’s expedition made landfall, and it became one of South America’s jewels in the stars. It also became the first world we met alien intelligent creatures on, though we did not know that until some decades after the Peloran made Contact with us. The experience caused us to change the way we explored, colonized, and studied planets in the future.