The Ilia probe leads Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Decker to V'Ger in order to reveal the origin of its existence. When they reach V'Ger, it's discovered to be a mechanical device. Noticing the initials V...GER on the exterior, Kirk rubs away a sooty coating on the nameplate and finds that it reads Voyager 6, a space probe launched by NASA over 300 years ago to collect data and transmit it back to its Creator. Voyager 6 was assumed to be lost in a black hole, but Kirk concludes that it was found by a planet of intelligent machines that helped it to achieve its purpose by creating the spaceship/cloud. Along the way, as it gathered data and intelligence, it somehow achieved consciousness, and now V'Ger wants to finish its mission and transmit its data to its Creator. Uhura provides Kirk with the original code signal which will allow V'Ger to complete its mission. Decker reads out the codes, but V'Ger burns out its receiver wires before the final sequence can be entered. Ilia explains that V'Ger wants to join with its Creator. Decker fixes the burnt out wires and offers to join with the Ilia probe, who seems to want this union as well. Suddenly, a brilliant light encompasses Decker, Ilia moves into it, and they both disappear. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy hurry back to the Enterprise, and the cloud disappears. In the final scene, Kirk ponders the idea that they have given birth to a new life form and lists Decker and Ilia as "missing in action" rather than casualties, Spock decides to remain on the Enterprise rather than return to Vulcan, and Kirk directs the crew to their new course, "Out there...thataway."