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USS Challenger
Registry: NCC-2032
Owner: United Federation of Planets
Operator: Starfleet
Status: Active (2293)
For the 24th century starship, please see USS Challenger (NCC-71099).

The USS Challenger (NCC-2032) was a 23rd century Federation starship operated by Starfleet.

In 2293, the Challenger was on an undisclosed mission for Starfleet near Klingon territory. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

BackgroundEdit

This ship was not related to the Challenger-class starships, which were employed during the 2360s.

In the non-canon board game Star Fleet Battles, USS Challenger was a Byrd-class Galactic Survey Cruiser, a modification of the Constitution-class which replaces the photon torpedoes with special scientific sensor equipment. As a tribute to the space shuttle Challenger, USS Challenger was never to be used in any story or scenario where it could possibly be destroyed. (citation needededit)

This starship may have been named after the British corvette HMS Challenger, which became the first ship in 1872 to chart the depths of the Earth's oceans. Later ships, including the Apollo Lunar Module Challenger and the space shuttle Challenger, were named in honor of this 19th century ship.

According to a ship list included in the plans, and not seen in the extended cut of the movie, the Challenger was commanded by M. Michaels, and the ship was located in Sector 21166.

The captain was named after the sixth movie's set decorator Mickey S. Michaels. [1]

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