We are in 2034.
Humanity has just perfected the EmDrive technology as well as the Alcubierre propulsion, allowing a vessel to move apropulsively and thus easily reach superluminum speeds.
The era of space exploration has begun and humanity can then go outside its solar system in search of habitable planets and foreign worlds.
Canada will then send its two most prominent astronauts to a small solar system, Gliese 581, about twenty light years away from Earth, in order to explore it.
To boldly go where the hand of man has never set foot.
> Hand of man: Set foot