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Why are Tucker and Malcolm not dead?

Current NASA spacesuits are filled with 100% oxygen at around 4psi so filling a spacesuit with pure oxygen is no issue assuming the pressure isn't too high. reference The actual percentage of gas ...
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What's that ship in the opening credits of 'Star Trek: Enterprise'?

This is the S.S. Emmette, designed by Doug Drexler. This time for real! Here it is, one of the most mysterious of all the Enterprise ships, the S.S Emmette. Teasingly seen in the notorious title ...
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In which (if any) Star Trek episodes does that show’s captain not appear?

For future reference, Memory Alpha has categories that can help with this kind of query; they're grouped together as "Regular cast non-appearances". Using the resources there, it seems there ...
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In which (if any) Star Trek episodes does that show’s captain not appear?

William Shatner as Kirk did not appear in the animated episode, The Slaver Weapon. Its the only time in the first block of Star Trek history (not including the new shows) where the Captain did not ...
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Is there a canon reason why Klingon and Romulan vessels are so similar in shape?

Because they traded technology From the Memory-Alpha write-up for TOS: The Enterprise Incident Kirk then inexplicably orders helmsman Sulu to take the Enterprise across the Romulan Neutral Zone ...
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Did 9/11 have any effect on the Star Trek franchise?

Star Trek Films Damen Lindelof advises of the 9/11 inspiration in Star Trek (2009), used to build the new film franchise: On fallout "ripple effect" of the destruction of Vulcan While ...
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Is the Mirror Universe the same one across all Star Trek shows?

As far as we can tell, it's the same Mirror Universe Though it's possible there are at least two. The first is the one we initially visit in "Mirror, Mirror", which is clearly the same one ...
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How can an address refer to the "USA" if no countries exist in Star Trek?

Enterprise takes place before the formation of the Federation in 2161. It's still possible that people would identify places by the country that place was in (Paris is both a city in France and a town ...
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What is the purpose of the Enterprise tail fin?

I'm actually going to list this in contrast to CBredlow's - but like the blueprint in that answer, this isn't necessarily 'official' canon either, although, the two images below and their explanations ...
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In "Silent Enemy", why didn't they just drop Echo Three?

Note: This answer sticks to information only from the Star Trek shows that had aired up until this point in time (TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, ENT) and the semi-canonical Star Trek: The Next Generation ...
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How can an address refer to the "USA" if no countries exist in Star Trek?

Although countries no longer had individual governments by the mid-22nd century, at least some of the landmasses were still referred to by their previous names, even as late as the 24th century. TROI:...
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Why aren't transporters used more often in Star Trek Enterprise?

"The Communicator" in particular Early dialogue indicates that the sensors on the ship simply aren't accurate enough to lock onto Malcolm's communicator; they only get a definite position ...
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Why do the Vulcans seem to despise humans so much in “Star Trek: Enterprise?”

In very brief: the Vulcans shown during the first few seasons of Enterprise are not really the Vulcans we know from TOS, TNG, DS9, and Voyager. They, as you correctly point out, express thinly-veiled ...
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Is there any in-universe explanation of the likenesses caused by actor-recycling in Star Trek?

You're asking for an in-universe explanation for something that doesn't exist in-universe. For instance, Marc Alaimo plays several Trek characters. In-universe, nobody ever asks Gul Dukat if he's ...
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Why are there no more Denobulans?

There's no canon evidence as to what happened to the Denobulans after Star Trek: Enterprise, but we can make a reasonable guess. According to Captain Picard's dialog in Star Trek: First Contact, the ...
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Why is mind meld hard for T'pol in Star Trek: Enterprise?

If you're watching Enterprise for the first time: just keep watching. If you don't mind spoilers, then the Wikipedia article on T'Pol (emphasis mine) explains it pretty well.
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Star Trek episode where the crew is incapacitated on the bridge

This is VOY: One. The episode opens with the crew on the bridge suffering from the effects of a nebula they've just entered. Tuvok manages to cross the bridge and change the course so that it leads ...
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Is the backstory regarding the USS Franklin inconsistent or unnecessarily complicated?

It's been officially confirmed that the Franklin predates Archer's Enterprise, see this article: And if you think this is just our speculation, worry not: we got a note from Dylan Highsmith, one of ...
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What legal problems prevented T’Pau from being used in “Star Trek: Enterprise?”

This might be of interest as it also gets a bit of debate in forums from time to time: Sturgeon wrote the screenplay for Amok Time. It was originally announced that T'Pau was going to be on ...
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Is there any in-universe explanation of the likenesses caused by actor-recycling in Star Trek?

Whilst there isn't any specific in-universe answer to this, I thought I'd provide a mixing of "real world" and ST universe that could provide an answer. Real World Within the human genome, there is ...
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Who was informing the Suliban Cabal in the Temporal Cold War?

He was future Archer. This was not revealed in the show itself, but by producer Brannon Braga on Twitter in 2012, and again in 2015. Here are the 2012 tweets: Here is the 2015 tweet: Archer was ...
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Which is the object destroyed in "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" by the Klingon captain Klaa?

Per the original script 44 EXT. SPACE A NASA Pioneer probe tumbles through space. Ancient, forgotten, the device is flotsam. On its side is a plaque showing image of two humans and simple ...
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What legal problems prevented T’Pau from being used in “Star Trek: Enterprise?”

Theodore Sturgeon created the character of T'Pau when writing Amok Time and owned the rights to the character. So when Star Trek: Enterprise was preparing for production, producers thought a younger ...
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What TV show has had the most actors appear on any of the Star Trek movies and/or TV series?

The Young and the Restless (28) Based on at least 13 appearances in the show and a credited appearance for Star Trek (series only) in the IMDB data (up to 2017-04-28) Aaron Lustig [VOY: Doctor] ...
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Which Star Trek series main ship had the best survival rate?

There were 57 recorded deaths aboard Kirk’s Enterprise out of a complement of 430 over the three years of TOS, giving a survival rate of 95.6% per year. There were 61 recorded deaths aboard Picard’s ...
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In which (if any) Star Trek episodes does that show’s captain not appear?

If you can accept The Animated Series as a continuation of TOS, then Kirk did not appear at all in TAS: The Slaver Weapon. There are two episodes where the captain only makes a very brief appearance: ...
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When was the design for the "original" Enterprise (NX-01) created?

None of the ships in the case resemble the NX-01 except in as much as the NX was designed to resemble the ships already depicted. The ships displayed are the Constitution class (TOS), A, B, C, D and ...
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How can an address refer to the "USA" if no countries exist in Star Trek?

The other answers are great in pointing out that the names of countries continue to be used even after they have ceased to become independent, sovereign nations. In our own world, this has happened to ...
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Can a Vulcan cure their pon farr by mating with someone of the same gender?

Pon Farr is, at least according to one source, a natural urge to procreate felt by heterosexual Vulcans. We see at least one instance in the EU where a gay male Vulcan is stated not to feel that urge. ...
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