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STAR TREK began in 1966 as a science fiction television show created by Gene Roddenberry. More than thirty years, four television series, and eight theatrical releases later, STAR TREK is as alive and strong as ever. Although STAR TREK's primary mission has always been to entertain, in the process it has become a phenomenon in and of itself. The combination of STAR TREK and its loyal fans are much more than the sum of the parts; together, they represent a distinctive element in popular culture. In addition to being terrific entertainment, STAR TREK may attribute its longevity and popularity to its optimistic vision of a future in which humankind not only prospers, but has also fostered a world of peace and equality for all -- certainly a desirable and uplifting outlook. Achievement of the vision presented in STAR TREK may at times seem unattainable to those of us locked into this century, but as more than one STAR TREK captain has said, "There are always possibilities." Perhaps it is hope for those possibilities that reinforces the appeal of STAR TREK.

Short information of StarTrek Universe.

Bajor is the planet closest to space station Deep Space Nine, inhabited by the deeply spiritual and mystical people, the Bajorans. These people have been involved in an ages-old conflict with the Cardassians that has resulted in several bloody battles and the near destruction of their planet, renowned for its rich heritage, striking architecture, and sweeping landscapes.

One of the most dangerous species in the galaxy. The Borg is a humanoid species, enhanced with cybernetic implants which facilitate constant communication and a hive-like mentality. The Borg do not act as individuals but seek to assimilate other species, integrating them into the Borg collective.

The primary command center on a starship. On Starfleet vessels, the bridge is usually located on Deck One of the primary hull. The bridge is typically designed with a central command station surrounded by support staff, including the navigator, helmsman and other bridge officers. Access to the bridge is restricted to bridge officers during standard starship operation.

The detention facility on a starship. The brig is usually bounded by a force field.

The Cardassians are volatile, humanoid people who conquered the planet Bajor decades ago. After years of battle with Bajoran terrorists, the Cardassians unilaterally withdrew from Bajoran space -- but not before they had stripped the land and desecrated ancient Bajoran temples.

Cargo Bay
A large storage bay on a starship or starbase. The cargo bay on a starship is usually equipped with a heavy duty transporter for direct transportation of large objects. The cargo bay may be refitted in an emergency to facilitate evacuation procedures or serve as a large trauma center, as necessary

Cloaking Device
A mechanism which permits Romulan and Klingon starships to render themselves virtually invisible. Due to the large power drain on ship systems, vessels are not capable of firing weapons while cloaked. Federation vessels are not equipped with cloaking devices, per the terms of the Treaty of Algeron with the Romulans.

A small, personal communications device worn as an insignia onStarfleet uniforms. This device allows for communication between members of an away team with each other or an orbiting starship. Older Federation models were hand-held, with a flip open activation antenna.

Deep Space Nine
Deep Space Nine is a space station assembled over several years by Cardassian and Bajoran work teams. It began as a Cardassian station in the Bajoran system during the Cardassian occupation. When the Cardassians abandoned Bajor, they stripped the station of all advanced technology and defensive capabilities. Now occupied by a Starfleet team, the station is constantly plagued with operational challenges. Approximately 200 people reside permanently on the station, where they serve as Starfleet officials, run business on the Promenade, and cater to the highly unusual and intriguing array of aliens, explorers, merchants, and spies that make stops en route to their final destinations. The station was originally called "Terok Nor" by the Cardassians

The Defiant
The Defiant is a new Starfleet ship. Originally built by Starfleet to combat the Borg encountered in Star Trek: The Next Generation, the Defiant is a powerful, fully-armed ship that is approximately three times the size of the existing runabouts on Deep Space Nine. The addition of the Defiant allows the senior staff to travel as a team into the Gamma Quadrant.

Also called shields or deflector shields. An invisible force field which protects a Starship against natural hazards in space and against hostile attacks.

Dilithium Crystals
The heart of the warp drive system, dilithium crystals control the power matter/antimatter reaction which permits Starships to travel faster than light.

Powerful energy weapons which are the principal weapons of the Klingons and Romulans.

The nerve center for all starships. This is where the ship's primary propulsion system is accessed for service and maintenance as well as for routing of ship's power. Main Engineering is located in the ship's secondary hull or stardrive section.

The United Federation of Planets (Federation) represents perhaps 150 different planets and colonies, of which Earth is one. Representing a wide diversity of life forms, the Federation has been in existence for about 200 years and is the primary political organization within about 5% of the galaxy. Outside its domain may very well exist other such organizations that have yet to be discovered. Even within Federation space there are unexplored pockets in which may exist planets and aliens races yet to be discovered.

Federation Counci
l The United Federation of Planets is governed by the Federation Council, presumably composed of representatives from the member planets. The Council is led by a president.

The Ferengi is a species whose culture is rooted in capitalism. Although they follow their own strict code of ethics, known as the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition, to an outsider their behavior can often seem sinister and underhanded.

Ferengi Maraude
r Primary starship in use by the Ferengi Alliance. The sleek, sophisticated vessels are armed with plasma energy weapons.

The Earth is located in the Milky Way galaxy, a spiral-shaped group of about 100 billion stars. Most Starships only explore a tiny part of the Milky Way. There are many other galaxies in the known universe, but they are so far away that even a nearby galaxy would take over a thousand years to reach at maximum warp speed.

Cardassian Warship The powerful space vessel of the Cardassian Union used primarily for military operations.

Hailing Frequencies
Part of standard radio procedures when communicating with other Starships and planets. One will normally "open hailing frequencies" when attempting to establish a radio communications link.

A large room which uses sophisticated computer imagery to create realistic simulations of any environment in the computer's memory. Very popular for recreation as well as for the training of crews

Impulse Drive
The secondary propulsion system of Starships, used for slower-than-light travel. Much slower than warp drive, impulse speed is normally used only within a solar system or in orbit around a planet.

Klingons are a humanoid warrior race originally from the planet Qo'noS. Klingons were historically enemies of the Federation, but are now uneasy allies. The Klingon national character is highly aggressive, but with great emphasis on their traditional sense of honor and duty. The capital of the Klingon Empire is the planet Qo'noS (pronounced "Kronos"), although Klingons almost invariably refer to it as "the Home World." The empire is governed by the Klingon High Council

Klingon Bird-of-Prey
This is a small vessel with a crew of about twelve. Propulsion is provided by a matter/antimatter warp drive; the ship is armed with disruptors and torpedoes.

Klingon K'vort Class Battlecruiser
This is a larger version of the Bird-of-Prey. Propulsion is again provided by a atter/antimatterwarp drive; the ship is armed with disruptors and torpedoes.

Klingon Vor'cha Class Attack Cruiser
This newest, most powerful member of the Klingon fleet is about three-fourths the length of a Federation Galaxy class Starship, but is equipped with a formidable array of disruptors and other weaponry. The forward part of this ship is normally a massive disrupter cannon which can be ejected in situations where speed is more important than firepower.

Observation Lounge
The Officer's main conference room, typically located directly to the rear of the main bridge on Deck One on standard Starfleet vessels. The Observation Lounge contains a large conference table used for mission briefings, or meeting involving officers or visiting dignitaries. Two large viewers are on each side of the room and a series of large windows line the side wall.

Operations Control Center
The Ops Center, located in the heart of Deep Space Nine, houses the Operations Table, Main Viewer, Engineering and Science console -- basically all of the station's primary controls. The facility is structured in a multi-tiered fashion, and is a constant hub of activity. The Ops Centeralso contains a Transporter pad.

(Personal Access Display Device) A small hand-held object used by Federation personnel for information access and display.

Phaser (Personal)
The personal defensive sidearm of Starfleet comes in two styles, the tiny "Type I", about the size of a keychain, and the larger "Type II" wand. The weapon emit a laser-like energy beam toward a target. Phasers can kill, but are normally set to "stun," which briefly renders a personunconscious. Phasers can also be set to heat, cut, or vaporize.

Phaser (Ship)
Artillery-sized weapons mounted on the exterior of Starships. They emit a powerful laser-like energy beam.

Photon Torpedo
An energy weapon fired from Starships, used primarily against targets moving at warp speed.

The traditional naval term for the left side of a vessel.

The Promenade is a vast, multi-level, circular thoroughfare that is the financial and social center of Deep Space Nine. Not only are several stores located there, but one will find the infirmary, schoolroom, and Odo's security office. The Promenade is also the address of Quark's bar, a popular meeting place for those residing on the space station.

One quarter of the entire Milky Way galaxy. Earth is located in the Alpha Quadrant, while the wormhole near Deep Space Nine leads to the Gamma Quadrant. The U.S.S. Voyager is currently located in the far off Delta Quadrant.

Quark's Bar
Quark's bar, located on the Promenade on station Deep Space Nine, is not only a watering hole but a three-story establishment where travelers can gamble and enjoy exotic beverages. Customers can also take advantage of the holosuites upstairs, a type of computer-simulated brothel. The bar is owned and operated by Quark, a Ferengi who enjoys the enormous profits it yields.

This device creates near-perfect reproductions of small objects by referencing their molecular patterns stored in computer memory.

Romulan (Empire)
Long-time enemies of the Federation, the Romulans seem bent on splitting the alliance between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. The Romulans are very cautious, always probing and testing before they make a move. The principal planets are called Romulus and Romii. The leader of the Romulan Star Empire is called the "Praetor."

Romulan Warbird
A Romulan Starship, slightly slower in speed compared to the Federation Galaxy class Starship, but probably more powerful. It is equipped with a cloaking device which can render it nearly invisible to sensors.

Runabouts are a small class of starship, three of these type are assigned to Deep Space Nine by Starfleet. They are similar to shuttlecraft but slightly larger and capable of higher speeds. Each craft carries a standard crew of two people, and is equipped with a two-person Transporter. The Runabouts on space station Deep Space Nine are named after the rivers MeKong, Rubicon, and Orinoco.

A small ship, about the size of a van, capable of carrying about six to eight people on relatively short stellar trips.

A large room used for shuttle launches and recovery.

A smaller version of the shuttlecraft, capable of carrying two people.

Medical facility located aboard Federation starships. They usually contain an intensive-care unit, a laboratory, examination rooms, and a specific office for the ship's Chief Medical Officer. Sickbay also houses equipment used for rescue operations.

Starfleet support facilities located throughout Federation space. Some starbases are on planetary surfaces, others are space stations.

The traditional naval term for the right side of a vessel.

An organization chartered by the United Federation of Planets, dedicated to exploration, diplomacy, research, and defense. It is not a military service in the 20th century sense of the term.

A space vehicle designed for traveling the vast distances between the stars

Subspace Radio
Radio communications which travel through the subspace continuum, permitting messages to be transmitted at speeds faster than light.

A spatial continuum in which a Starship travels when traveling at warp speeds.

Ten-Forward Lounge
Located on Deck 10 at the foremost area of the Saucer Section of a Galaxy Class Federation starship, Ten Forward is a social lounge for all crew members. Ten-Forward features a bar, serving an alcoholic substitute -- synthehol, in a large seating area. The front of the room is a large viewport to space.

Tractor Beam
Used by Starships to grab and tow small objects (like other ships) in close proximity.

A piece of equipment that allows a person or object to travel between two locations by converting the subject to energy, beaming the energy to another location, then rematerializing the energy into the original form.

A handheld scientific instrument. A combination sensor, computer, and recorder, the tricorder is used to analyze and detect virtually anything

Elevators used to travel within Starships or starbases. Because of the massive size of some Starships, turbolifts can travel both horizontally and vertically. Turbolifts are controlled verbally.

Universal Translator
A computer program that can analyze almost any alien language form and translate it into English and vice versa. The universal translator does not work with all language forms, and it has been known to be somewhat unreliable in cases where there has been insufficient time for the computer to analyze the alien language.

Warp Factor
The unit to measure the speed of faster-than-light travel. Higher warp speeds are computed according to an asymptotic formula. For example, warp factor one is the speed of light, warp factor five is 214 times the speed of light, warp nine is 1,516 times the speed of light.. Maximum sustained speed obtainable is warp factor 9.2. Warp factor ten is considered infinite. This speed is meaningless -- a ship traveling at warp factor ten would occupy all points in the known universe simultaneously.

Warp Drive
The main propulsion system for most Starfleet Starships. The system enables Starships to travel faster-than-light, necessary because of the incredibly vast distances between stars.

A wormhole is a tunnel through space, which enables one to quickly travel from one part of the galaxy to another in a much shorter period of time. All known wormholes previously encountered have been unstable and prone to collapse or change location in space-time. Bajor's enviable position near the first stable wormhole discovered grants it the possibility of becoming the leading center of scientific exploration and commerce in its sector.