A terrestrial mile was an unit of length equal to 5,280 feet, 1,760 yards or 1.6093 kilometers. This unit was most commonly used on Earth primarily from the 19th thru the 21st centuries, and was still occasionally used by the United Federation of Planets during the 23rd century.

Sensors aboard starships and tricorders could be calibrated to read in miles. The term was also use in casual references to distance. (Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series) When used by Spock while speaking in familiar terms to Abraham Lincoln in 2269, he qualified the measurements he spoke of, which included miles, to be "using your old-style measurements." (TOS: "The Savage Curtain")

Adam's song Hey Out There referenced a mile wide emptiness. (TOS: "The Way to Eden")

According to Devinoni Ral, "the last mile of a marathon is always the toughest". William T. Riker later toasted with Ral to "the last mile," during their bargaining for the Barzan Wormhole in 2366. (TNG: "The Price")

Comparative list of lengths

  • In explaining to "the 37's" what had happened to them four hundred years earlier, Kathryn Janeway stated that it was believed that they "were abducted from Earth in the 1930s, and brought millions of miles through space to a planet on the other side of the galaxy." (VOY: "The 37's")
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