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Gamma Hydra IV
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Gamma Hydra IV from orbit

Class: M
Type: Planet
Location: Gamma Hydra system
Gamma Hydra sector
Alpha Quadrant
Benjamin Maxwells tactical monitor

The location of Gamma Hydra on the tactical situation monitor

Gamma Hydra IV was an uninhabited M class planet. It was the fourth planet in the Gamma Hydra planetary system. The system was located in the Gamma Hydra sector, which was a region of space in the Alpha Quadrant.

The planet was a conventional M class world with an oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere and a normal mass.

Prior to stardate 3478, an experimental Federation science colony was established on this planet.

In 2267, Gamma Hydra IV was irradiated by a rogue comet, killing all six colonists by an unknown radiation type which accelerated the aging of anyone on the surface. The leader of the colony was Robert Johnson, who was married to colonist Elaine Johnson.

The planet was visited for the annual examination of the science expedition by a landing party from the USS Enterprise, but four colonists were already dead and the Johnson couple dying. Five members of the landing party to Gamma Hydra IV were afflicted by the same radiation; all except one could be healed from the effects. (The one who could not, Lieutenant Arlene Galway, aged too rapidly and died too soon for the treatment formulated to be used on her.) (TOS: "The Deadly Years")

The tactical situation map depicted an area of space in the Alpha Quadrant. The locations Eminiar, Janus VI, Rigel, Andor, Babel, and Delta Vega were identified on "The Explored Galaxy" wall chart as being located in this quadrant.
According to the Star Trek: Star Charts (pgs. 56, 66), Gamma Hydra IV was located in or near Federation space, in the Beta Quadrant. Gamma Hydra system was a destination on the major space lanes in the late 24th century.

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