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Companion's homeworld
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Companion's homeworld from orbit

Type: Planetoid
Location: Asteroid belt
Gamma Canaris region
Alpha Quadrant
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The surface of Companion's homeworld

The homeworld of the Companion was a planetoid in an asteroid belt located in the remote Gamma Canaris region. This region was located in the Alpha Quadrant. According to Spock, it was possibly a remnant of a planet breakup. It was one of 7,000 bodies of sizes running from types A to N in the asteroid belt, 34 percent of which had atmospheres of types H to M. The composition of the planetoid was iron and nickel, and it had an atmosphere that consisted primarily of oxygen and nitrogen with traces of krypton, argon, and neon. The general surface temperature was 75 °F. Gravity was 1 Earth standard. (TOS: "Metamorphosis"; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, production art)

According to Startrek.com, Star Trek Concordance and Gold Key Comics Star Trek issue 49 "A Warp in Space", Gamma Canaris N was the name of the Companion's homeworld. [1] [2]

History

Some time after 2119, a non-corporeal lifeform native to the planetoid, the Companion, discovered the disabled spacecraft of the Human inventor of Earth's warp drive, Zefram Cochrane. The entity brought the ship and its pilot, Cochrane, safely down to its homeworld. It rejuvenated the eighty-seven year-old inventor and terraformed the planetoid to sustain Cochrane's life.

While "Metamorphosis" stated Cochrane disappeared "a hundred and fifty years ago" (or in 2117), it was established later on, in the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "Broken Bow", that Cochrane was still on Earth in 2119, at the opening ceremony of the Warp Five Complex.

In 2267, while transporting a terminally-ill Commissioner Nancy Hedford from Epsilon Canaris III to the USS Enterprise, the shuttlecraft Galileo was pulled off course by the Companion and forced to land on its homeworld. Cochrane had told the entity that he would die of loneliness if he didn't have contact with other Humans. The Companion merged with Commissioner Hedford, moments before her death, and Cochrane remained with her on the planetoid. James T. Kirk promised Cochrane that he would not tell Starfleet that they had discovered him or of what had happened on the planetoid. (TOS: "Metamorphosis")

Cochrane's house was designed by Matt Jefferies. (Star Trek: The Original Series Sketchbook, p. 19)}
The Explored Galaxy

The location of Gamma Canaris N on "The Explored Galaxy" wall chart

"The Explored Galaxy" was a map of charted space in the Alpha Quadrant. Gamma Canaris N, a planetoid in the Gamma Canaris region, 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, first seen chronologically in
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, 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".

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