So I love this kind of stuff and Ive been watching the livestream of the landing off and on all today and yesterday. Rosetta Landing Livestream Anyways, it got me thinking, since we start off in a Medieval Age, will there be a stage in your journey that required you to do similar things for researching tech. For example in order to build rocket that takes you to the closet planet or moon, you first have to send a probe to study things like trajectory, landing on something in space, learning and coping with radiation levels, and Im sure many other things. Probes could also be used to search for certain planet types, planets with a certain feature or civilization your looking for. It doesn't seem like alot of space games used probes, the only one I can think of is Mass Effect but Im sure there are many more. But its strange because it seems like a very important stepping stone as far as space research goes for any race.