The Atlas is a repository of all discoveries within the No Man's Sky game. Players upload information at the beacons to this database, which gathers all of the information for other players to see.
When walking towards the atlas interface the player will recive two Blueprints and a new word. If the player accepts the challenge of the Atlas the player will recieve an Atlas Stone
There are glowing orbs littered across the area that deactivate when walked across, doing this occasionaly yeilds more new words.