Atmospheric reentry/exit in the Star Trek canon?
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Join Date: Dec 2007
03-18-2012, 05:14 PM
In the TOS episode "Tomorrow is Yesterday" (which I just watched today by coincidence), the Enterprise appears within the atmosphere of 1940's Earth. It is chased by a jet. Fun times ensue.
In the early films, the Bird of Prey lands quite often.
So Voyager wasn't the first show to have that in it. Voyager is meant to be a smaller ship than most, it's supposed to be able to do stuff like that. I think the shields they have let them do a little handwaving to neglect atmospheric friction and such.