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Psi 2000
Psi 2000 remastered.jpg

Psi 2000 from orbit

Type: Planet
Status: Destroyed
Location: Alpha Quadrant
Affiliation: United Federation of Planets
Psi 2000 science station.jpg

The surface of Psi 2000

Psi 2000 was an uninhabited planet. This ancient world disintegrated in 2266. Before the sun in this system darkened, this planet was remarkably similar to Earth. Science officer Spock of the USS Enterprise believed that what happened to Psi 2000 might happen to Earth in the distant future. (TOS: "The Naked Time") This planet was located in the Alpha Quadrant. Its location in the Milky Way Galaxy was depicted on a Federation star chart in 2293. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, production art)

The Explored Galaxy

The location of Psi 2000 on "The Explored Galaxy" wall chart

Before the planet's end, a science team had been stationed there on behalf of the Federation. The gravitational shifts associated with the disintegration of the planet resulted in the creation of large strings of water molecules known as polywater which resulted in the Psi 2000 intoxication.

Shortly thereafter, a landing party from the USS Enterprise beamed down to the planet and discovered the science team dead. During their investigation, Lieutenant junior grade Joe Tormolen unwittingly contracted the Psi 2000 intoxication and brought it back aboard the starship.

Suffering from the effects of the Psi 2000 intoxication, Lieutenant Kevin Riley powered down the ship's warp engines, causing the ship to begin spiraling towards Psi 2000. Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott was able to push the ship out of harm's way by initiating a cold start of the engines. (TOS: "The Naked Time")

Scotty later recounted these events to USS Enterprise-D chief engineer Geordi La Forge in 2369. (TNG: "Relics")

Personnel

Background information

The 2006 remastered version of "The Naked Time" featured several updated shots of Psi 2000, most notably, a computer-generated view of the science station on the surface of the planet.

The location of Psi 2000 identified in the "The Explored Galaxy" star chart placed it between the Tholian Assembly and Romulus. Both were identified in DS9: "Call to Arms" as being located in the Alpha Quadrant. According to Star Trek: Star Charts (pg. 22), Psi 2000 was classified as a C-class planet.

In the novelization appearing in Star Trek 1, the planet was named ULAPG42821DB, or La Pig, for short.

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