Ahibahcal Anai (Onsen Portal Observatory)

Andrew Reinhard, 2019

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Ahibahcal Anai (Onsen Portal Observatory)

Despite player morgvom_org's base on Ahibahcal Anai being called a "portal observatory", there is no longer a portal on this world because of the planet's frozen state after the cataclysm of the Atlas Rises update. The base is not an observatory. Instead it is a colossal model of Deep Thought, the computer from Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, broadcasting the answer to life, the universe, and everything: "42", on a decal on the front interior wall. Evidence of a racecourse remains, but the course itself is lost.

This construction is interesting because it is of a type that commemorates popular culture outside of the game and is illustrative of other "real world" monuments created by players in more recent game updates post-Pathfinder. In a game where one can create anything at all, some players choose to honor what they know and love. Oddly, no communication stations were present during the survey. After the NMS: NEXT update, the base no longer exists. One photo survives of the original base from 11 June 2017, showing Deep Thought situated in a field of pink flowers.

The Onsen Portal Observatory is the 30th Galactic Heritage site documented by Andrew Reinhard as part of the No Man's Sky Archaeological Project.

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