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Curie

Curie

Class: Type 6 shuttlecraft
Registry: 03
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Lost (2370)

The Curie was a Federation Type 6 shuttlecraft that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-24th century, attached to the USS Enterprise-D. It was shuttlecraft 03.

Lieutenant Worf piloted the Curie to a bat'leth tournament on Forcas III in early 2370. While on board the shuttle, he passed through a quantum fissure which caused him to begin shifting between different quantum realities. The Curie was sent to an alternate Enterprise and reconfigured to emit an inverse warp field. Worf took the shuttle through the fissure once more, sealing the fissure and sending him back to the point in time where he first encountered the anomaly. (TNG: "Parallels")

Later that year, the Curie was taken by Cardassian operative and Federation defector Joret Dal and Ensign Sito Jaxa into Cardassian space. The shuttle had been intentionally damaged to make it appear as if it had fled an attack. The shuttle may have been destroyed, although no evidence of its fate could be found. (TNG: "Lower Decks")

The Curie was named after scientist Marie Curie, the discoverer of radiation. (Star Trek Encyclopedia 2nd ed., p. 94)
The Curie was originally named the Borges, after Jorge Luis Borges, whose 1941 short story The Garden of Forking Paths was a forerunner to the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. (Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion) This earlier name was retained in several places in the script. [1]

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