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Which ship can go faster, the Millennium Falcon or the USS Enterprise-D?

The Millennium Falcon is (approximately) 58,000 times faster than the USS Enterprise-D. The (Galaxy Class) Enterprise-D's top speed is stated to be Warp 9.8. DATA: Projection, sir. We may be able to ...
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Which ship can go faster, the Millennium Falcon or the USS Enterprise-D?

They travel at the same speed — 1.0 SOP — which is not comparable All star ships in all science fiction are always traveling at The Speed Of Plot. This may sound snarky but the comment is serious; ...
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Why are Starfleet bridges positioned so vulnerably?

In the Star Trek: Next Generation Technical Manual, it is mentioned that the Bridge module is replaceable. This makes a case for why the bridge should be where it is. The concept of the ...
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Why are quarters on the Enterprise-D so spacious?

Why the quarters are so spacious; Ship space isn't at much of a premium. The ship can readily hold ten times the present crew when the need arises (for evacuation missions and emergencies) which ...
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Why are Starfleet bridges positioned so vulnerably?

Officially, because Gene Roddenberry said so. Part of the ship design parameters places the bridge on the top of the ship as per his specifications. He had strict design parameters set for all the ...
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When and why did the Enterprise get balls?

There were two versions of the Enterprise used in production. The first one was used in the original pilot and for all of the original introduction shots. December 29, in 1964: Craftsmen Richard ...
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Did any Star Trek actor play both a Starfleet crewmember and one of the encountered aliens?

Patricia Tallman Played the following enterprise/starfleet crewmembers: In order she is portraying: Enterprise-D Officer, TNG episode "Power Play" Enterprise-D Officer, Star Trek: ...
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Was the original Enterprise truly the first sci-fi spaceship designed purely for exploration?

No, not really. 1924 - Psycho-ship was the vehicle in Goncharov's book "Psycho-Ship" ("Психо-машина") - part of "Interstellar Traveller" dilogy. It was designed for exploration and moved using ...
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Why does the Enterprise not have any physical access controls?

Security in Star Fleet seems to be more based on the honor system and less on physical restrictions or computer systems. Generally the people on board the ship are expected to know they aren't meant ...
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Why was the saucer separation so rarely done on the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)

In-Universe explanations The TNG Technical Manual (considered a canon source of information about the trek universe) offers several reasons why separations were rare: The sequence is intended to be ...
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When and why did the Enterprise get balls?

Out-of-universe, this was due to the existence of more than one Enterprise model, and to footage being reused: The second configuration, used in the second pilot (and throughout the rest of the ...
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Did any Star Trek actor play both a Starfleet crewmember and one of the encountered aliens?

Tim Russ played the Vulcan security officer on Voyager and also a Klingon named T'Kar on DS9 He also played a human crewmember on the Enterprise-B, which fulfills OP's comment that he wished it was ...
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If the Enterprise is the flag ship of starfleet, why is there no Flag officer on board?

That's a different meaning of flagship. Dictionary.com defines it as: 1. a ship carrying the flag officer or the commander of a fleet, squadron, or the like, and displaying the officer's flag. ...
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Does the Enterprise-D bridge have a top window?

Yes There is a small window at the very top. Below, you can see the remnants of it in Star Trek: Generations, after the crash landing of the saucer section:
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Management of fruit bowls on the Enterprise D

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say "no-one". My guess is that rooms are automatically configured and maintained by the ship itself: The Enterprise has replicators in every set of quarters and ...
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Αre there bathrooms on the Enterprise?

Yes, of course there are. The need to excrete waste matter was not genetically engineered out of humans (and other Federation member species) by the 23rd century. There are next to no explicit ...
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Why were they not allowed to use this seat on the Enterprise while in a spacedock?

In this instance there are a few things going on in the scene, some more obvious than others. In universe Kirk is siting on a closed toilet. The implication here is that the head (toilet) in the ...
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How could the crew abandon the Enterprise-D?

The TNG Technical Manual offers a range of scenarios for ship evacuation of the Galaxy Class Enterprise-D Resources available for abandon-ship scenarios include: Ability to transport up to 1,850 ...
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Why does Georgiou complain about orange on the Enterprise bridge when there is none?

She's talking about the rails, the console backs and the doors, which were in fact more red than orange even on the original sets, but sometimes looked quite orange with 1960s lighting and cameras: ...
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How much does the Enterprise increase/vary in size between models?

Here is a picture of the Enterprises lined up together; the last one is the new version of the Enterprise from the post-2009 movies: The first is the NX-class Enterprise from the Enterprise series; ...
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How much energy could the Enterprise-D produce?

Memory Alpha explains that The warp core was one of the most powerful in Starfleet, generating approximately 12.75 billion gigawatts of power. (TNG: "True Q") The exact quote is: AMANDA: ...
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What is the canonicity of the appearance of USS Enterprise NCC-1701-B?

The NCC-1701-B appears on screen (briefly) at the start of Star Trek: Generations which means that its canonicity is total. That being said, the artwork pictured in your question appears to be ...
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How big is the main viewer on the bridge of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)

Canon answer = 4.8 m x 2.5 m According to the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, written by TNG production designers Michael Okuda and Rick Sternbach, At the very front of the ...
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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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What is this pair of rectangular patterns on the Enterprise-D's exterior?

The Star Trek: The Next Generation USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Blueprints set says they're the windows of the arboretum.
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Has the Enterprise-D really travelled twice as much as other Federation ships?

Just for complete accuracy, here's the line (in context): PICARD: Are we ready, Commander La Forge? LAFORGE: Almost. I've requested two additional field diverters. One for the computer core and one ...
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How could the crew abandon the Enterprise-D?

The Enterprise-D had plenty of escape pods for the crew to use - room for up to twice as many as the ship's regular complement. We just never see them used for all seven seasons and a movie. Those ...
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What is the flash of light produced when the Enterprise goes into warp? Why don't other ships produce the same effect?

Although it's not explicitly stated elsewhere, the flash of light you see when a ship enters warp appears to be something called a "polyluminous burst". In the Voyager episode Night, Tuvok used a ...
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Did any Star Trek actor play both a Starfleet crewmember and one of the encountered aliens?

Michelle Forbes Played Ro Laren of the Enterprise (8 appearances in Seasons 5-7): And played Dara, an alien from Kaelon II, daughter Doctor Timicin in the TNG Episode, "Half a Life." Both of these ...
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What is the canonicity of the appearance of USS Enterprise NCC-1701-B?

Some further evidence about the state of canon of the Enterprise-B, it is actually shown well before Generations in model form in the Observation lounge of the Enterprise-D:
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