A Voyager sensor scan reveals what seems to be a previously undiscovered chemical element in a group of asteroids. Some of the asteroids support a class M environment so, an away team is dispatched to investigate. The away team discovers the asteroid to be a burial ground for an unknown culture. Chakotay, a Native American, advocates a respectful, unintrusive perusal of the bodies and their bizarre web-like enclosures. The unknown new chemical apparently is a bi-product of the bodies' decomposition process. The away team detects a peculiar phenomenon developing and activate their tricorders to investigate. Chakotay calls for a transport off of the asteroid. Before all of the crew can be evacuated Ensign Kim is redirected to another planet and an alien is beamed aboard Voyager instead. A peculiar "First Contact" offers a chance for Kim to learn about another race, while the Voyager crew is faced with an even more challenging First Contact of their own. Written by
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47-reference: in her opening log entry, Janeway claims to have discovered the 247th element (according to Federation science). See more
A light fixture in the room where Harry Kim is interviewed, when he first arrives; is the same one seen several times in the episode titled "Time and Again", And these two episodes were not on the same planet. See more
Captain Kathryn Janeway
Captain's log, stardate 48623.5 - There are 246 elements known to Federation science. We believe we have just discovered the 247th, inside the ring system of a class D planet.