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A 23rd century Starfleet landing party

A landing party, also known as a landing force or shore party, was an away team of starship personnel equipped for a mission involving landing on a planet's surface as the first team to explore a planet, was tasked with assessing the situation on the planet's surface. If the planet was safe, scouting and scientific parties were sent next. (TOS: "The Cage", "The Menagerie, Part I")

In most situations, a landing party would be beamed down to the surface of the planet, but sometimes shuttles were used as well. (TOS: "The Galileo Seven")

On 1947 Earth, while trying escape from the US armed forces, Nog claimed that Ferengi landing parties were to land in the United States of America. Captain Wainwright thought the first landing parties would invade Cleveland. (DS9: "Little Green Men")

In 2268, Captain James T. Kirk regarded landing party recommendations as a matter of judgment. M-5 multitronic unit chose its recommendations on the basis of logical selection. It did not choose Captain Kirk or Doctor McCoy on the basis that they were "non-essential personnel." (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer")

In 2338, the USS Tripoli sent down a landing party to the planet Omicron Theta. There they discovered Data and the remains of the destroyed Omicron Theta colony. (TNG: "Datalore", "Inheritance")

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