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Deep Space 3 was a Federation deep space station that was in service with Starfleet in the late 24th century. In 2370, the commanding officer of this station was Vice Admiral Marcus Holt.

In that year, the station hosted the annual palio, wherein the Ferengi were accused of trying to bribe the Breen pilot into throwing the race.

Nine days before Holt contacted Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the USS Hera, commanded by Captain Silva La Forge, departed Deep Space 3 on a routine courier mission. For five days, the station was in contact with the starship. After the ship vanished without a trace, Holt recruited the USS Nobel and the USS Excelsior for the task of finding the lost Hera. For seventy-two hours, the ships retraced the course of the Hera, without success. Holt planned on having the ships continue the search for another seventy-two hours; however, he did not think the additional time given to the ships would make a difference. (TNG: "Interface")

On one occasion, the Zebulon Sisters performed the Chu Chu dance at Deep Space 3, an event Beckett Mariner attended. (LD: "Terminal Provocations")

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Background information

This space station was only mentioned in dialogue.

According to Star Trek: Star Charts ("United Federation of Planets I") and Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385"), Deep Space 3 was located in the Alpha Quadrant.

Deep Space 3 was mentioned in Max Grodénchik's "Rom's Song", as the station that "Rom" thought Odo ought to transfer to.

Apocrypha

The station appears in War Dragons and was also referenced in the novel A Singular Destiny as well as in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Core Game Book.

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