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Delta Vega
Delta Vega Vulcan system.jpg

Delta Vega from orbit

Class: M
Type: Planet
Location: Vulcan system
Affiliation: United Federation of Planets
Delta Vega Surface.jpg

The surface of Delta Vega

Template:Disambiguate Delta Vega was an icy Class M planet in the Vulcan system. Its orbit carried it near enough to Vulcan that the other planet could be seen from Delta Vega's surface. There were at least two native, predatory species present on the planet: the drakoulias and the hengrauggi.

It also harbored a small Starfleet outpost, manned for six months in 2258 by Montgomery Scott and his assistant, Keenser.

Ambassador Spock, after arriving to the past from 2387, was captured by Nero and marooned on the planet, so that he could witness the destruction of Vulcan by him. Coincidentally, a young James T. Kirk was later marooned on Delta Vega by Commander Spock, and the two subsequently met Montgomery Scott there. (Star Trek)

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Background

The classic episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before" was set, in part, on a planet named Delta Vega. It was near the galactic barrier, and though the planet in Star Trek was located in the Vulcan system instead, writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman named it after the classic one. Orci has said, "We moved the planet to suit our purposes. The familiarity of the name seemed more important as an Easter egg than a new name [would have been]." [1]

According to Orci, the part of the mind meld sequence in which Ambassador Spock sees the destruction of Vulcan was meant to be "impressionistic for a general audience." He thought of Delta Vega as being in an orbit close to Vulcan's, and that the original idea – having Spock view the planet's destruction through a telescope or some other device – "[wasn't] very cinematic." [2]

In the film, Delta Vega was to have been a desert planet like its television counterpart, and Kirk was to find Spock and Scotty in a Mos Eisley-style environment. Yet script revisions made it an ice planet, and the aliens which might have populated its bazaar were dotted around the film instead, as mentioned in various Barney Burman interviews. (Star Trek - The Art of the Film)

Since the film production originally considered shooting some scenes in Iceland, it was suspected that any such scenes would have represented Delta Vega.

Apocrypha

The adaptation of "Where No Man Has Gone Before" in the first and second issues of IDW Publishing's Star Trek ongoing comics series proceeded from the notion that the Delta Vega near Vulcan was an entirely different planet from the Delta Vega featured in the original series. However, the comic also depicted both planets as being in the alternate reality.

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