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May 4, 2003

Alpha Halo 04 might be just a hop, skip, and a jump from Earth...

Arthur Wellesly ( ) writes:

The last date given on the Fall of Reach just as the POA was leaving Reach was August 30. Then the ship arrived at Halo on September 19. That's only about 20 days from the heart of the Human Empire! To use another date reference, it took John and the other Spartans from November 2 until November 27 to get to Chi Cheti 4. That is 25 days! So, assuming that the Human borders are the same all the way around, Halo was INSIDE the Human borders, and I don't know about you guys, but I think it would be pretty hard to overlook such a significant installation. Now, perhaps the human border is shorter at parts than others and maybe the Spartans waited a few days before leaving for Chi Cheti 4, but still that would still place Halo VERY close to the Human border close enough to be explored by a ship or at the very least seen with a telescope. It just doesn't make sense.

That leads me to my other theory. Maybe ONI did know about Halo but kept it a secret from the public. Maybe they knew that aliens existed long before 2525. However I've exhausted my theorying for the day, and I cannot speculate as to why they would know about it and not investigate it.

How do we know they haven't investigated it?

(Update: ├ČThe Covenant ships have always been faster├«. The journey from Halo 04 to Reach in the Ascendant Justice took only 13 hours (FS p.95) versus the 3 weeks it took the Pillar of Autumn going the other way. replay ( has posted his assertion that Delta Halo 05 may also be well within Human explored space. Long, but thorough -Finn :)

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