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Jupiter from orbit

Class: Gas Giant
Type: Planet
Satellites: Io, Ganymede, and others
Location: Sol system
Sector 001
Alpha Quadrant
Affiliation: United Federation of Planets

The surface of Jupiter

For the Roman god, please see Jupiter (mythology).
For the automobile, please see Jupiter 8.

Jupiter (or Sol V) was the fifth and largest planet of the Sol system. It had many moons, including Io and Ganymede, and was located close to the asteroid belt. (TOS: "The Changeling", "By Any Other Name"; Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

Location Edit

The spatial coordinates in orbit of the inner moon Io were (Star Trek Into Darkness)

In 1996, the position and orbital path of Jupiter in the Sol system were depicted on a poster in the office where Rain Robinson worked, at the Griffith Observatory. (VOY: "Future's End")

In 2267, the position and orbital path of Jupiter were depicted on Chart 14A: The Sol System, stored in the USS Enterprise library computer. The chart was scanned by the probe Nomad in Auxiliary Control. (TOS: "The Changeling", production art)

In the 2270s, the location of Jupiter, was labeled on a neighborhood of astronomical objects, stored in the Enterprise library computer, in one of the records scanned by V'Ger. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture, production art)

History Edit

Before the invention of the telescope, Humans had discovered this planet in the night sky. (TNG: "Loud As A Whisper", okudagram)

In the late 1970s, this planet was surveyed by Pioneer 11, which discovered the planet's magnetic field and magnetosphere. (TNG: "Loud As A Whisper", okudagram)

In 2143, the NX-Alpha was destroyed near Jupiter shortly after breaking the warp 2 barrier. By 2151, Jupiter Station in orbit of Jupiter served as a repair facility to Earth Starfleet and the Earth Cargo Service. (ENT: "Silent Enemy", "Fortunate Son", "First Flight", et al.)

In 2259 of the alternate reality, the USS Vengeance was launched from the Io Facility, a spacedock in orbit of the moon Io. (Star Trek Into Darkness)

A close-up image of Jupiter was contained in the library computer aboard the USS Enterprise. This image was flashed on a viewscreen when the Talosians scanned the Enterprise computer in 2254. (TOS: "The Cage" remastered)

This image featured Jupiter's famous Great Red Spot.

According to Arex, the cosmic cloud encountered by the USS Enterprise in 2269 was twice the diameters of Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune in size. (TAS: "One of Our Planets Is Missing")

In the 2270s, the Enterprise flew past Jupiter on its way to intercept V'Ger. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

By the early 24th century a shuttle route had been established "from Jupiter to Saturn and back, once a day, every day," know as "the Jovian Run." Both Edward Jellico and Geordi La Forge used to pilot shuttles on this route early in their Starfleet careers. (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part II")

In 2367, Jupiter Outpost 92 reported visual contact of a Borg cube at 12:13. (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II")

Tours of the lava flows on its third moon were popular by 2377. (VOY: "Life Line")

Prior to the release of Season 2 on Blu-ray, information on Jupiter in "Loud As A Whisper" was in text that was illegible. The source for the information on this planet was from Pioneer: First to Jupiter, Saturn, and Beyond (NASA Publication SP-446, 1980).
The identification of this body of text was made by Jörg Hillebrand and Bernd Schneider for Ex Astris Scientia. [1]


Background informationEdit

Aster painting 1

A balloon-borne craft in the atmosphere of Jupiter

Jupiter, TNG opening sequence

Jupiter as seen in the TNG opening sequence

Jupiter was named after the Roman king of the gods in Earth's mythology.

A painting seen in several episodes aboard the USS Enterprise-D was originally created by Rick Sternbach to illustrate a (non-Trek) science fiction story called "The Anvil of Jove". As such, it depicts a plane-like craft tethered to a balloon, cruising the atmosphere of Jupiter. [2]

By the time of its appearance in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, set in the 2270s, the Great Red Spot, usually considered to be a temporal (though centuries old) feature, still seems to exist and look very similar to how it looks now.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine set decorations mention the Jupiter Mining Corporation, which may be associated with this planet.

The chart of Sol/Jupiter in relation to nearby astronomical objects seen in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was taken from page T0:02:07:02 of the Star Fleet Technical Manual by Franz Joseph.

According to Star Trek: Star Charts (Pgs. 22, "United Federation of Planets I"), Jupiter was classified as a J-class planet. This planet was a charter member of the United Federation of Planets in 2161.

Jupiter is one of the planets seen in the opening sequence of Star Trek: The Next Generation beside the Earth, Luna, Sol, and Saturn, shortly before the Enterprise-D started its exploration of the unknown space.

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