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Terra 10
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Terra 10 from orbit

Class: M-class
Type: Planet
Location: Cepheus system
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The Terratin colony

Terra 10 was an uninhabited M class planet. This planet was the location of a former Earth colony. It was the first planet, and only planet, of the star Cepheus.

Prior to stardate 5577, early exploration of the region described the planet as being Class M, with a molten planetary core surrounded by a mantle and crust that was entirely crystalline, including a rich abundance of dilithium.

History

Some time before the intersat code became obsolete around 2069, the colonists who went on to establish the Human colony on Terra 10 departed from Earth. Unbeknown to the colonists, Terra 10 was bombarded with the planet's natural spiroid epsilon waves. This X-wave bombardment caused their DNA to become compacted, and shrunk them to the size of 1/16th of an inch. Over time, this change became an irreversible genetic characteristic for their descendants. As a result of their condition, the colony was forgotten when the colonists became too small ever to be found again, forcing the colonists to build their own world, master their own ways and their own defense.

After Terra 10 became threatened with violent volcanic eruptions in 2269, the descendants of the original colonists, now known as Terratins, sent out an intersat code distress call, which was discovered by the crew of the USS Enterprise. However, as a result of the extensive eruptions on the planet's surface, the Terratin's "great antenna" was buried, forcing them to use their invasion defense antenna by redirecting the planet's X-waves toward the Enterprise in order to reach the crew.

Following a successful rescue, the Enterprise transplanted the Terratin colony to the nearby planet Verdanis. (TAS: "The Terratin Incident")

Presumably, Terra 10 was located in the Alpha Quadrant.
According to the Spaceflight Chronology, the original colonists left to find a new home far from the jurisdiction of Earth and other assertive neighbors, in the hopes of creating a colony for themselves and their descendants that would have no interference from the outside. A consortium of like-minded isolationists purchased ten interplanetary industrial spaceworks ships, powered by advanced nuclear fusion drives, enabling a cruising speed of half the speed of light. The ships were refitted into multi-generational Space Arks, designed to be completely self-sustaining for decades. The tenth Space Ark Terra 10 left the solar system in the year 2070.

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