Milky Way galaxy
The Milky Way galaxy was a spiral system of several hundred billion stars, including Sol. When Captain Christopher Pike encountered the Talosians in 2254, he claimed that Talos IV was "on the far side of this galaxy" from Earth, though this was something of an exaggeration. On Stardate 1312.4, the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 was assigned to a mission that would take it outside of the Milky Way galaxy. Upon arriving at the edge of the galaxy, the Enterprise crew discovered a recorder-marker buoy from the S.S. Valiant, lost two centuries earlier. Like the Valiant, the Enterprise encountered an energy barrier surrounding the galaxy; contact with the barrier left nine of the Enterprise crew dead, and two others gained nearly godlike mental powers before they also died.
Notes and References
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