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Rigel XII
Rigel XII from orbit
Type: Planet
Location: Rigel system
Kandari sector

Rigel XII, also known as the Rigel mining planet, was the sparsely inhabited twelfth planet of the Rigel system. (TOS: "Mudd's Women") This system was located in the Kandari sector. The system's location was depicted on the "The Explored Galaxy" star chart and on a tactical situation monitor. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, production art; TNG: "Conspiracy" production art, TNG: "Yesterday's Enterprise", "The Wounded", production art)

Conditions on the planet were harsh, and Human habitation was only possible in sealed pressure domes. The atmosphere was capable of supporting humanoid lifeforms. Grit and dust were everywhere, and sandstorms were a frequent occurrence. These storms were especially bad during a magnetic storm. Water was scarce, and plant life was twisted and sere.

In the mid-23rd century, Rigel XII was the site of a lithium mining operation run by Ben Childress with two partners. In 2266, con artist Harcourt Mudd, using the illegal Venus drug, attempted to sell Eve McHuron, Ruth Bonaventure and Magda Kovacs to the miners. (TOS: "Mudd's Women")

The location of Rigel in the "The Explored Galaxy" star chart was placed between the Tholian Assembly and Romulus. According to dialog in "Call to Arms", the two were Alpha Quadrant powers. According to Star Trek: Star Charts (Pg. 21), Rigel XII was classified as a H-class planet.

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