Asteroid (TOS-58)
Asteroid (TOS-58)

Small celestial body composed of rock and metal, typically much smaller than a planet, often irregularly shaped. Asteroids often occurred in orbital belts within a star system, sometimes the debris remaining from the formation of that system, other times the fragments remaining from the disintegration of a planet. Larger asteroids were sometimes called planetoids.

In 2267, the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 attempted to divert an asteroid that was on a collision course with an inhabited planet.[1] A Type-C asteroid crashed into an unpopulated continent of Penthara IV in 2367, threatening an ecological disaster until the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-170-D helped dispel its dust cloud.[2] Another asteroid from the Pelloris Field threatened Tessen III with the same type of destruction in 2368 before it was vaporized by the same starship. Its nitrium alloy core prevented a tractor beam lock, and it was undamaged when hit by photon torpedoes. It was later discovered to be the home of metal parasites.[3]

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