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1996 Earth scientists announce the discovery of life on Mars based on a Mars meteorite containing fossilized evidence of primitive bacterial life. Other scientists do not draw the same conclusions from this evidence.
1996 Earth's Eugenics Wars are over, as Khan Noonien Singh is overthrown. Khan escapes his home world on the DY-100 class sleeper ship S.S. Botany Bay along with 96 of his fellow "supermen."
1996 The crew of the U.S.S. Voyager arrives in Los Angeles, and Janeway searches for a Henry Starling, a megalomaniac businessman who has stolen a 29th century timeship.
1996 At the end of the Eugenics Wars, Dr. Stavos Keniclius, Earth's first cloned human, is banned from the community. The tyrants' altered Humans are declared wards of the United Nations and are sent to live in a series of camps in isolated areas. Gene engineering of Humans is banned, although certain groups will pass on the forbidden knowledge.
1996 'Nightingale Woman,' a love sonnet, is written by Phineas Tarbolde on Canopus.
1997 Laws governing, and severely restricting, genetic enhancement are passed throughout the Earth.
July 4, 1997 The Pathfinder Mars Probe lands on Mars and dispatches the six-wheeled rover Sojourner.
October 29, 1998 The launch of space shuttle mission STS-95, otherwise known as the "John Glenn shuttle mission"
November 1998 The International Space Station begins construction.
1999 The sixth space probe in the Voyager series is launched and continues studying the planets in Earth's solar system.
1999 Astronomers witness the first extra solar planet passing in front of a star, confirming that solar systems may be a common phenomena in other parts of the galaxy and boosting the odds that intelligent life exists elsewhere.
1999 The Millennium Gate is completed.
March 23, 2001 The Russian space station Mir re-enters the earth’s atmosphere. It had orbited the earth for more than fifteen years.