The Explored Galaxy

The location of Capella on "The Explored Galaxy" wall chart

Capella was the primary of its planetary system, which included the inhabited planet Capella IV. This system was in a sector contested by both the Federation and the Klingon Empire in the 2260s.

In 2267, the Federation and the Klingon Empire attempted to gain mining rights from the Capellans of Capella IV. The rare mineral topaline, vital to the life support systems of planetoid colonies, was in abundance there. The crew of the USS Enterprise secured the mining rights by treaty for the Federation. (TOS: "Friday's Child")

In 2293, the location of Capella in the Milky Way Galaxy was labeled in a star chart that was in Captain James T. Kirk's quarters aboard the USS Enterprise-A. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, okudagram)

According to Star Trek: Star Charts (p. 36) and Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), the Capella (Alpha Aurigae) system was located in the Alpha Quadrant. It was a quadrinary star system with a pair of G-class stars and a pair of M-class stars. In the late 24th century, it was a Federation system.

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