Its nice to see such an inspiring post about being in space from such a new player. Far too often all we see in the forums are complaints about pirates and being shot down etc. My own opinions on pirates and lootable PvP aside though, I wish you the best of luck in exploring and making your way in space. The areas you need to look for (at least that I am aware of at this time) are the "Training Grounds" which are near the space station areas by each planet. I don't have specific coordinates but I will try and find you a link to the map of space that we had around here a while ago, though I am not sure of its accuracy now. You can also try Entropedia as well as that is far more likely to be up to date. EDIT: http://www.entropedia.info/Location.aspx - Try here As for Next Island, its pretty much dead as far as I'm aware, but the content available at last update it had is still available now and there are some simple missions you can do although I'm not sure how much use they will be to you. I'm sure that there are other people around here that can confirm or deny this more accurately than I can though.