|Affiliation:||United Federation of Planets|
Saturn (or Sol VI) was an uninhabited planet. The planet had many moons; three were named Mimas, Rhea, and Titan. Both moons were inhabited. The planet was located in the outer system. It was the sixth planet of the Sol planetary system. This system was located in Sector 001 (or Sol Sector), which was a region of space in the Alpha Quadrant. The planet was affiliated with the United Federation of Planets. (TOS: "The Changeling"; TNG: "The First Duty"; ENT: "Strange New World")
Saturn was well-known for its rings. (TOS: "Charlie X";VOY: "Future's End, Part II"). An image of Saturn's rings, taken by the Voyager 2 probe in 1981, was displayed in astrometrics aboard the USS Voyager in the year 2374. (VOY: "Year of Hell", et al.) The rings of Saturn generated magnetic distortions. These distortions could make a starship invisible to another starship if the vessel could jump out of warp behind one of the planet's moons. (Star Trek)
On September 1, 1979, the space probe Pioneer 11 became the first Human spacecraft to visit this planet. The probe made several important discoveries about this planet, such as that it had a magnetic field and a magnetosphere. (TNG: "Loud As A Whisper")
When she was a child, Rain Robinson was able to see Saturn's rings through her brother's telescope. She used to think that they looked like jewels from a pirate's treasure, All she ever wanted since then was to reach up and touch them. This was when she realized, she wanted to become an astronomer. (VOY: "Future's End, Part II")
During the early 21st century the first manned Earth-Saturn probe was launched, under the command of NASA's Colonel Shaun Geoffrey Christopher. (TOS: "Tomorrow is Yesterday") Accompanying Christopher were astronauts Fontana and O'Herlihy. (ENT: "First Flight")
An image of Saturn was contained in the library computer aboard the USS Enterprise. This data was flashed on a viewscreen when the Talosians scanned the Enterprise computer in 2254. (TOS: "The Cage" remastered)
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")
|The Sol System|
|Sol • Mercury • Venus • Earth (Luna) • Mars (Deimos) • Asteroid Belt • Jupiter (Io; Ganymede) • Saturn (Mimas; Rhea; Titan) • Uranus • Neptune (Triton) • Pluto|
Saturn was named after the titan (son of Uranus) from Roman mythology. It is unclear if Saturn itself was inhabited or not, though a reference made to Saturnius harem girls in TOS: "Mudd's Women" might suggest that it somehow is. The necessity of a daily shuttle run would also seem to support this possibility.
A graphic of Saturn and the orbits of four of its moons was seen in TNG: "The First Duty" (depicted to the right). The outermost and largest moon was identified as Titan. The remaining three inner moons weren't named but it was very likely that they were Rhea, Dione, and Tethys, as they are the largest moons with smaller orbits than Titan (for instance, Iapetus was larger than both Tethys and Dione but its orbit was further away from Saturn than Titan's) and were all discovered in the 17th century and are well established.
According to Spaceflight Chronology, the Earth-Saturn probe mission was conducted on the UNSS Lewis and Clark. Signs of past mining activity was discovered from the second and fourth moons of Saturn, first proof of the existence of extraterrestrial intelligent life. This last detail and "One Small Step" would put the mission after 2032.
"The Explored Galaxy"
This chart was first seen, chronologically, in 2293. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country) This chart was also seen in several Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes set in the 24th century, from the year 2364 to 2370. These were: TNG: "Conspiracy", "The Measure Of A Man", "The Emissary", "The Mind's Eye", "The Game" and DS9: "In the Hands of the Prophets", "Cardassians".