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 (email@example.com)
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
Captain Sisko speculates that the rapid journey to Cardassia is made possible by the solar sails capturing faster-than-light tachyon particles, in addition to the expected solar wind, thereby achieving "warp speeds." However, even in the universe according to Star Trek, no ship can exceed the speed of light in normal space. Warp drive operates in part by creating a warp field, or subspace field or bubble, around a ship, which bypasses the speed-of-light limitation. However, the Bajoran-style sail-ship did not have a warp field generator. Therefore, even if the sails had also been able to capture tachyon particles, it would not have been able to achieve warp speed. See more
[Gul Dukat has expressed concerns that Sisko might encounter something unexpected during his flight on a Bajoran lightship
Oh, I don't know. A Maquis ship, perhaps.
Why would the Maquis have any quarrel with an unarmed ship sailing toward the Denorios Belt? They have nothing at stake here, nothing to prove. Or should I say disprove?
Commander, I contacted you out of concern for your safety. But you seem to be intimating that I've made some sort of threat.
Ah, then I'm glad I was ...
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Main Title
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