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Altair III was the third planet in the Altair system. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint")

In the early 2360s, when the USS Hood visited this system, Lieutenant Commander William T. Riker refused to let Captain Robert DeSoto transport to the surface of Altair III with an away team because he deemed the action as too dangerous. By preventing his captain from beaming down, Riker disobeyed a direct order and risked a general court martial. (TNG: "Encounter at Farpoint", "The Pegasus")

In 2367, the planet appeared on a chart in Captain Benjamin Maxwell's ready room on the USS Phoenix. (TNG: "The Wounded" display graphic)

In an alternate 2366, Altair III was marked on a tactical situation monitor showing the fleet deployments in the Federation-Klingon War. (TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise" display graphic)

Background

In Gene Roddenberry and D.C. Fontana's final draft script, the planet was originally named Altair IV. [1]

The location of Altair III was depicted twice on the tactical situation monitor.

"The Explored Galaxy" was a map of charted space in the Milky Way Galaxy. The Altair system, represented by Altair VI, was located between the Tholian Assembly and Romulus. Both locations were identified in DS9: "The Search, Part II", "Call to Arms" as being located in the Alpha Quadrant.This chart was also seen in several Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes set in the 24th century, from the year 2364 to 2370. These were TNG: "Conspiracy", "The Measure Of A Man", "The Emissary", "The Mind's Eye", "The Game", and DS9: "In the Hands of the Prophets", "Cardassians".

According to the Star Trek: Star Charts (pg. 44), the Altair system, and Altair III, was located in or near Federation space, in the Alpha Quadrant.

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