Had one Jenquai and one Terran character. Can only imagine what that game would be like now if EA hadn't shut it down.
And btw, you could go down to some planets in your ship. Just not with your actual character. That was stations and ports only. Although I remember there being far more of the planets in the Terran side of things that the Progen and Jenquai. You may not have seen any if you only casually played and weren't Terran.