Sisko has just come back from opening a library on Bajor. In the library he found blueprints of ships that the Bajorans apparently used 800 years ago to explore their star system. These ships didn't use a warp drive, but had solar sails and were propelled by light pressure. Some scholars even say they reached Cardassia. Sisko decides to try to recreate one of them and take it into space to prove it's possible. He asks Jake along, but he doesn't want to go. When Jake receives a message from Wellington, New Zealand he changes his mind. He wants to tell his father something. Meanwhile Dr. Bashir anxiously awaits the arrival of the Kensington. On board is Dr. Elizabeth Lense, she was the best of his medical class on the Academy and took the most prestigious job, medical officer on the Lexington. When the two meet, she completely ignores him. Bashir doesn't take it too well. Written by
Arnoud Tiele (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Did You Know?
The concept of a solar sail was first proposed on Earth by Russian scientist Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
in 1921 - this would have made the Bajorans about 400 years ahead of Earth. See more
The solar-sail spaceship could not have gotten from the surface of Bajor into space, using the sails. No mention was made of how this was done, and for such an evidently primitive culture, it isn't likely they had suitable rockets. Further, even if the Bajoran sail-ships had been able to reach Cardassia or some other planets, they would not have been able to land and then take off again for a return to Bajor. See more
[Sisko and Jake are sailing through space on the lightship
I don't hear anything.
Exactly. Not even the hum of an engine. It's almost like being on the deck of an old sailing ship. Except, the stars are not just up in the sky; they're all around us. Imagine how the ancient Bajorans must have felt - heading into space, in a ship like this one, not knowing what they were going to find, or who they were going to meet.
References Chariots of Fire
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
Written by Dennis McCarthy
Performed by Dennis McCarthy See more