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Rigel XII
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Rigel XII from orbit

Type: Planet
Location: Rigel system
Alpha Quadrant
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Pressure domes on the surface of Rigel XII

Rigel XII, also known as the Rigel mining planet, was the sparsely inhabited twelfth planet of the Rigel system. Rigel XII was located in the Alpha Quadrant, and Earth was less than ninety light years away. An asteroid belt was located less then two days away at impulse speed. (TOS: "Mudd's Women", "I, Mudd"; ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights")

Conditions on the planet were harsh, and Human habitation was only possible in sealed pressure domes. The atmosphere was capable of supporting humanoid lifeforms. Grit and dust were everywhere, and sandstorms were a frequent occurrence. These storms were especially bad during a magnetic storm. Water was scarce, and plant life was twisted and sere.

In the mid-23rd century, Rigel XII was the site of a lithium mining operation run by Ben Childress with two partners. In 2266, con artist Harcourt Mudd, using the illegal Venus drug, attempted to sell Eve McHuron, Ruth Bonaventure and Magda Kovacs to the miners. (TOS: "Mudd's Women")

In "Two Days and Two Nights", the NX-class Enterprise, set a milestone several months after its mission to Rigel X, by becoming the first Earth ship to travel 90 light years away from the Sol system.
According to Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 21), Rigel XII was classified as a H-class planet.
In the script of "From the First Day to the Last, Part II" (a precursor to TOS: "The Menagerie, Part II", Rigel XII was said to be a lithium mining operation.

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