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Several years before the supernova, the Erelynians had mapped the Crab star system and were on the verge of creating a form of warp drive, although the politicians on the planet cancelled the project. When the supernova occurred, the radiation wiped out the Erelynian race, but the accomplishments of the Erelynians, including their cities and technologies, survived and were later studied by the Vulcans. It was believed that if the warp project had gone ahead, the Erelynians could have learned of the impending supernova and taken steps to save their race. (DS9 - Millennium novel: The War of the Prophets)