Delta Vega (TOS)
The planet Delta Vega, which shared its name with an icy planetoid in the Vulcan system, was located near the Galactic Barrier. It was home to an automated dilithium cracking station, and in 2265, Captain James T. Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 ordered his crew to cannibalize the station to repair the ship. Kirk was also forced to maroon his friend, ship's navigator Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell, who had been overcome by an alien influence that had given him godlike powers. Before the ship could depart, however, Mitchell escaped, and Kirk was forced to kill his friend.
Notes and References
- Abrams, J.J. & Lindelof, Damon (Producers). Star Trek. Directed by J.J. Abrams. Written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman. Paramount Pictures Corporation, 8 May 2009.
- Nemecek, Larry. Star Trek: Stellar Cartography, 1st ed. Pocket Books, December 2013.
- Early episodes of Star Trek referred to the crystals that powered the ship as "lithium" crystals. Since the properties of lithium were well known, however, the name was changed to the fictional "dilithium" in subsequent episodes; this retcon has been reflected here.
- Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer). "Where No Man Has Gone Before." Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 1. Directed by James Goldstone. Written by Samuel A. Peeples. Desilu Productions, 22 September 1966.