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A landing pad was a platform on a space station or planetary installation capable of supporting small spacecraft.
The Cardassian-built space stations, Deep Space 9 and Empok Nor had six landing pads, though when they abandoned the latter, they sealed them. On Deep Space 9, Starfleet housed the station's complement of Danube-class runabouts there (DS9: "Emissary", "Empok Nor" et al) though they were also capable of accomodating both Ferengi and Romulan shuttlecraft. (DS9: "The Magnificent Ferengi", "Profit and Lace", "In the Pale Moonlight")
The same year the runabout USS Ganges docked at landing pad 7. Lieutenant Dax and Ensign Pauley returned from a routine mission in the Gamma Quadrant and needed help to get off the runabout because of a power loss of unknown origin. (DS9: "Q-Less")
Soon after, Lieutenant Jadzia Dax and Chief Miles O'Brien launched a runabout from Runabout Pad C when they went to rescue Commander Benjamin Sisko, Major Kira Nerys, Doctor Julian Bashir, and Kai Opaka from the Gamma Quadrant. (DS9: "Battle Lines")
Later the same year, Neela killed Ensign Aquino when he discovered her attempting to set up an escape route prior to her assassination attempt on Vedek Bareil Antos. She made it look like she was going to use Pad A, when instead she meant to use Pad C. Runabout pad C was located on level three. (DS9: "In the Hands of the Prophets")
Later the same year during a plasma disruption that forced the evacuation of DS9, the USS Orinoco was at Landing Pad Three in case the skeleton crew had to leave in a hurry. (DS9: "Invasive Procedures")