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The SS Artemis was a 23rd century Federation colony ship.

Artemis was launched from Mars in 2274, on stardate 7678.43, on a colonization mission to planet Septimis Minor. The mission commander was Philip Peter Bryce, with Galen Pizzorno serving as Deputy Mission Director. Contact with the ship was lost on stardate 7780.85. Numerous searches by Starfleet failed to locate the transport or any trace of its crew and passengers.

The fate of the Artemis was finally revealed in 2366 after the Sheliak demanded Tau Cygna V be evacuated per the terms of the Treaty of Armens with the Federation. The starship USS Enterprise-D discoverd a Human settlement on the planet. The colonists were the descendants of the Artemis crew and passengers.

According to the colonists, the guidance system on the Artemis failed, sending it off course. Eventually, after finding the planet Tau Cygna V, the crew landed the ship on the world. (TNG: "The Ensigns of Command" okudagram)

SS Artemis mission read-out screen

Commander William T. Riker consulting the mission file close-out of the SS Artemis

The fate of the
Artemis was not stated in the episode.
Some of the information on the SS Artemis comes from the okudagram Riker was reading in the episode. Though illegible on screen, a legible version was reprinted in The 24th Century Technical Manual, Vol. 2 (p. 41). Interestingly, only the first text block and the captions had relevance to the SS Artemis. The two lower paragraphs appeared to have been recycled texts concerning the Charybdis, intended for use on an otherwise unused okudagram in the earlier episode TNG: "The Royale", published in Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Continuing Mission (p.81). [1]

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