Ella gets burned. To a cinder. Again.
Why? Well, there are two suns shining in the sky today. Every few centuries the planet Ella somehow gets wedged between these two suns and the combination is a deadly one. Then Ella is toast. Life is tough and after generations of the Phoenix Cycle, people develop tough skins. These hairless denizens populate Ella for thousands of years until the planet is 'discovered' and exploited by the spacefaring races. The People of Ash, as they are known, can work in the vacuum of space without a spacesuit. They can also run and manage research vessels that travel near suns. When they burn they emerge younger and stronger than before. None have been known to die.