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The Mutara Nebula is an interstellar dust cloud located in the Mutara sector. The nebula contains high levels of static discharge and is comprised largely of ionized gases. The combined effect of this made a starship's sensors highly unreliable and shields inoperable when inside.

In 2285, it was the site of the fierce Battle of the Mutara Nebula. The battle ended when Khan Noonien Singh detonated the experimental Genesis Device inside the nebula aboard the USS Reliant, in an attempt to destroy the USS Enterprise. Captain Spock, however, repaired the damaged reactor aboard the Enterprise, allowing the warp drive to function and saving the ship. The detonation caused matter within the nebula to re-form into the Genesis Planet. (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)

The nebula classification Mutara class was named after this nebula, and its properties were used as the model for this class. (VOY: "One")

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Background information Edit

Recycled footage of the Mutara Nebula, slightly recolored, was reused as the Mar Oscura Nebula in TNG: "In Theory". Later, some visuals of the nebula, turned upside-down and slightly modified, were reused as the Chamra Vortex in DS9: "Vortex". Visuals of the nebula also appear in modified form in certain shots of the Paulson Nebula in TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds".

Apocrypha Edit

The Mutara Nebula is a location in the 25th century game Star Trek Online.

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