The social module has been released by Star Citizen, which gives players the opportunity to explore various landing zones with up to 24 players.
The module contains a "handful of character configurations," per Massively. The blog entry on the social module goes into great detail, and it's rather long, so you might want to give it a read. It's a better option than having me try to explain it and fail miserably.
It's a lot to take in, so block out some time today and hit up the links