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For additional meanings of "Titan", please see Titan.

Titan was a moon of Saturn. The dense atmosphere of Titan, which was toxic for Humans, was used for exceptional starship maneuvers. (ENT: "Strange New World"; Star Trek; TNG: "Chain of Command, Part II")

In the 2140s, while on Titan as part of the Omega training mission with Captain Jonathan Archer, Trip Tucker encountered problems while on an extravehicular (EV) exercise. His EV pack froze up and he experienced nitrogen narcosis. However, Archer was able to convince Tucker not to remove his helmet while still unsheltered on Titan's surface. (ENT: "Strange New World")

In 2258, in the alternate reality, the crew of the USS Enterprise used the conditions on Saturn and Titan to help hide their ship from the sensors of the Narada. (Star Trek)

In the 24th century, Titan was a major navigational reference in the Saturnian system and its orbit was part of the Academy Flight Range. Nova Squadron used Titan as a rendezvous point before beginning training maneuvers during preparations for Starfleet Academy's commencement exercises in 2368. They entered Titan's gravitational sphere, and then moved into a diamond slot formation before executing a low apogee turn around the moon in preparation for an illegal Kolvoord Starburst maneuver. (TNG: "The First Duty")

Titan was also a favored way point for pilots making the Jovian Run. A dangerous shuttlecraft maneuver sometimes performed by Starfleet pilots on this run was called Titan's Turn. (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part II")

A research colony was established on Titan by Humans, consisting of habitats and a liquid-hydrocarbon research base. In post-The Burn era, the colony, being fully self-sufficient, split off from Earth in circa 3089.

About a century later, there was an accident at the research base, which wiped out the tillable soil and destroyed a third of the habitats. With no long-range communications, Titan sent a ship to Earth asking for help; the ship was fired upon and destroyed by Defense Force ships. Believing that Earth had left them to dry, the colonists became dilithium raiders, targeting Earth ships and grabbing what dilithium they could. In 3189, with Captain Saru of the USS Discovery acting as a mediator, the two sides agreed to a truce and began working on the terms of a deal. (DIS: "People of Earth")

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Background information

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (3rd ed., p. 512), Titan was the largest of Saturn's moons and had a diameter that was half of Earth's.

A script for "Whom Gods Destroy", dated 9/5/68, referred to Captain Garth as "Garth of Titan". [1]

According to both the Pocket Books novel series Star Trek: Titan and the "Nepenthe" episode of The Ready Room aftershow, the USS Titan was named after this moon.

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