It would appear that a global dust storm was envelopiing Mars during the Defense Perimeter-scene.

Huh - what's that for? I know, there are no surface features visible, but if a note regarding that is really necessary (and necessary on a relatively unrelated page, too), couldn't we just state that "the planet model used shows no surface features" instead of making up some strange reason for it? -- Cid Highwind 10:45, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

I second that. --Jörg 10:46, 6 October 2006 (UTC)
Negative. It does show surface features, the poles. In fact, as BlueMars pointed out to me, this is precisely how Mars looks during a planetary wide dust storm. Here is photographic evidence that he provided to me after I initially removed the note for the reasons you have stated. --OuroborosCobra talk 12:22, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

I still believe that it isn't really that obvious and important that it was a dust storm - and also, this is an article about the "Mars defense perimeter"; why do we have information about Mars' appearance at a specific point in time here? If that info really needs to stay (which I'm still not sure of), it should be moved to a background section over at Mars. -- Cid Highwind 12:55, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

I am OK moving this to a background note or something on Mars, but it should still stay. It is simply too dead on to how a real planet dust storm would look. --OuroborosCobra talk 12:59, 6 October 2006 (UTC)

It is because Star Trek fanatics don't believe this is a TV show and feel the need to explain why a special effect looked a certain way. It's the same reason why they believe that the existing body of Star Trek entertainment will vanish into nonexistence when a new movie comes out with the Enterprise's (NCC-1701) warp nacelles having a blue glow.

You've certainly added valuable insight to this conversation. --OuroborosCobra talk 03:21, 16 March 2009 (UTC)
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