Should this article also include the I-, S-, and T-class gas giants mentioned in "Star Charts"? -- EtaPiscium 02:41, 18 Oct 2004 (CEST)

No. Star Charts isn't really very relevant to canon, although if you want to make a ==Background== subsection, and point out that the info is not true. -- Captain Mike K. Bartel 07:30, 18 Oct 2004 (CEST)

Hydrocarbon based organismsEdit

A common postulations, in the world of Arthur C Clarke, Ben Bova, etc., but has it been established in Trek?

What about . . . Edit

. . . a reference to current theory that gas giants make the rocky inner planets of a system safe enough for life to form? I know it's not trek, but it's quick, pithy and explains why we're always flying past 'em. ;)-- Usenko 01:07, 9 September 2006 (UTC)


There already was a pna-inaccurate, and I now added a pna-cite. While there are many episodes listed, the text itself is completely uncited and, as far as I remember, is not from any of the episodes, at least not in this detail. Correct me if I'm wrong, though... :) -- Cid Highwind 12:21, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

With regards to the above, I removed the following two paragraphs that could not be cited:
Gas giants serve little purpose to the Federation or other star-faring races, as they have little in resources that can be readily harvested and are nearly impossible to colonize due to their lack of a solid surface. Although many suggestions for mining them have been put forward over the years, there are still few races that attempt to harvest raw materials from gas giants, because the process is both dangerous and unnecessary (given the abundance of solid-cored planets providing sufficient raw materials).
It is, however, believed that the presence of one or more gas giants will help life-bearing planets in the same system to develop. This is because their large gravitational pull tends to remove planetoids, asteroids and other objects which might otherwise pose a hazard to life forms on smaller worlds.
The third paragraph comes from the Star Charts so I moved that to the background. The above was all uncited. I also added several references to the page. --Alan del Beccio 22:57, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

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