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This article refers to the Federation starship. For other meanings, please see Antares (disambiguation).

The Antares (NCC-501) was a 23rd century Antares-type Federation starship operated by Starfleet.

In 2266, Captain Ramart was the commanding officer of this ship. His first officer-navigator was Tom Nellis. There were an additional eighteen male crewmembers aboard the Antares.

In that year, the crew of the Antares transferred a young man, Charles Evans, who had been stranded on the planet Thasus for fourteen years and possessed psychokinetic powers, to the USS Enterprise, so he could be transported to Alpha V colony to be reunited with his closest living relatives.

On stardate 1535.8, the Antares was destroyed when young Charlie used his psychokinetic powers to make a baffle plate on the shield of the ship's energy pile "go away." Charlie did not seem to understand the seriousness of his actions, saying simply that the baffle plate had been warped, and that the Antares would have blown up anyway. (TOS: "Charlie X")

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According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 14), the Antares was named after Antares, a star in the constellation Scorpius (the Scorpion) and one of the brightest stars as seen from Earth.

In the episode, the ship was given four different descriptions: 1) cargo vessel, 2) transport ship, 3) science-probe vessel, and 4) survey ship.

The crew of the Antares wore old-style Starfleet uniforms left over from the original pilot episodes "The Cage" and "Where No Man Has Gone Before". One of these uniforms was worn by an individual appearing in "The Trouble with Tribbles".

The Star Trek Concordance (3rd ed. p. 278), by Bjo Trimble, had an original design illustration from Brian Pimenta of the Antares with registry number NCC-717.

In the Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 470), a registry number of NCC-501 was given to the Antares based on conjecture by Michael Okuda. Okuda later used this registry number in the remastered version of "Charlie X". In this remastering, the Antares is essentially depicted as a CG model of a type of robot grain ships visible in TAS: "More Tribbles, More Troubles", with an addition of a "crew module." The prefix "USS" was never mentioned in dialogue nor appeared on the ship's hull. [1] Despite that, both StarTrek.com and the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 14) listed this ship as USS Antares. [2].

Additionally, in all editions of the Encyclopedia, the Antares was referred to, in a list of Federation starships, as the prototype ship of the Antares-class starship, with the USS Hermes also stated to be of this class. [3]

Apocrypha Edit

An Oberth-class science vessel, also named USS Antares, was part of the Star Trek: Orion Rendezvous planetarium show, produced in 1992 and authorized by Paramount Pictures in conjunction with the Star Trek: Federation Science exhibit. The ship was commanded by Captain Katryana DiChario, and left Neptune Station on a mission to explore a recently discovered, artificially constructed wormhole interstellar transit system that had "jump points" throughout the Milky Way Galaxy at real-life scientific phenomena, such as the Orion Nebula, the Crab Nebula, a flare star, etc. Geordi La Forge was a temporary crewmember during the expedition, along with a group of Starfleet cadets (the audience).

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