YOU GOTTA GO IN THE SPACE HOLE. In 20XX the Earth governments finally realized the key to faster than light travel. With this new super protective 'ball' shielding, the human explorers were finally able to traverse... the SPACE HOLE. Now it is 2XXX, and alone in your capsule you roll ever onwards, thorough the 'finitely infinite' reaches of Space.
You gotta go in the space hole