| Gagarin |
|Orbital Distance:||1 AU|
|Orbital Period:||1 Earth Days|
|Day Length:||52 Earth Hours|
|Atm. Pressure:||0.96 atm|
|Surface Temp:||-18 °C|
|Surface Gravity:||1 g|
Named after Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space, Gagarin is one of the Alliance's older colonies. Founded in 2164, Gagarin has become the garrison of the 103th Tactical Division of the Systems Alliance Terra Corps.
The planet is known for it's freezing weather and unrelenting snow storms but it has also become famous it's abundance in fresh water which seems to compose the entirety of the planet's frozen oceans. Gagarin ships the water to various colonies suffering from depleted clean water sources.
The terrain of Gagarin is just as harsh as the ice storms that bombard it. Mountains made of ice tower over many villages and cities in all directions, appearing to form massive frozen craters. Many large valleys are covered in methane poisonous methane pockets and half-frozen lakes are hidden by thin sheets of ice, becoming death traps for any human to fall in. Underground caves, which are particularly warmer than most of the planet, have many hot springs throughout but they attract some of the more violent wildlife.
The population of Gagarin is 95% human and 5% asari. Most humans on Gagarin are of Eastern European and Asian descent. Most of the planet's inhabitants live in cities which offer some protection to the harsh cold but a small percentage live out in small villages.
The economy of Gagarin is possibly the worst of all established 2160's-founded colonies. Most of their profit comes from the sale of clean water to desert colonies and space stations which does very little to support the 1,500,000 colonists that live on the planet. They have managed to make profit off of the few iridium, Palladium, and Platinum deposits found on the planet but they are ranked last in the Alliance mineral trade.