An asteroid is a chunk of rock in space, large compared to many things but small compared to planets and stars. They are similar to, but not to be confused with, comets and planetoids, and are usually located in asteroid belts.
An asteroid is a small, rocky celestial body, usually of irregular shape and smaller than a planet or planetoid. They often result during the formation of a star system when stellar materials fail to form into a single body. In some cases, asteroids are the result of the destruction of larger celestial bodies.
Humans and other races have converted larger asteroids into habitats by mining their interiors and building with their hollow shells. Project Genesis is a notable example of an asteroid being utilized in this way. (TOS movie: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)
There were many asteroids around Bajor. The Bajoran Resistance used to land their ships on asteroids and ride them undetected through the B'hava'el system. In 2370, Kira Nerys used the same tactic with a Starfleet runabout in the Davon system to sneak the vessel close to a moon to rescue a kidnapped Horta. (DS9 novel: Devil in the Sky)
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An asteroid is an object in space smaller than a planet and can range in size, diameter and orbit. They can also be called minor planets or planetoids. A group of asteroids in orbit of a star are called an asteroid belt.
Earth Starfleet and the Denobulans constructed Cold Station 12 on an asteroid sometime in the early 22nd century. (ENT: "Borderland", "Cold Station 12", "The Augments"). This facility was still in use by the 24th century. (Star Trek: Remington)
During the 23rd century, the USS Enterprise and later the USS Enterprise-A encountered several asteroids in their travels, including the Companion's homeworld, Fabrini ship Yonada, the Genesis Project testing ground in the Regula system and the Klingon penal asteroid Rura Penthe. (TOS: "Metamorphosis", "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky"; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
In 2370, the USS Enterprise-D discovered the wreck of the USS Pegasus embedded inside an asteroid. After being trapped inside by a Romulan warbird, the Enterprise escaped by phasing through the asteroid using the Pegasus's illegal phasing cloak. (TNG: "Pegasus")
Pandora Station was constructed on an asteroid in the Typhon Expanse. (Star Trek: Pandora Station)
An asteroid was a solid object orbiting a star that was smaller than a planet, ranging from dozens of meters to hundreds of kilometers in size. Asteroids were often found in an asteroid belt within a star system. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Jango Fett had an epic dogfight in an asteroid field off Geonosis. The asteroids resulted in Kenobi fooling Jango into thinking he had destroyed the Jedi Knight. During the Galactic Civil War, Han Solo escaped from Death Squadron by flying into an asteroid field.
Smaller versions of asteroids were meteoroids, which became meteors or meteor showers in atmospheres, and meteorites on impact with planets.
In Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, at least one potato was used to portray the asteroids of the Hoth asteroid field.
Asteroids can be mined and sold to Mining Stations, which are present in most systems. To mine Asteroids, you need to have a ship equipped with at least one Mining Laser, and a Cargo Hold. The Y8 Mining Vessel is a large ship designed specifically for mining, which requires the Master Pilot Certification, and can be received through a quest. There are several different types of Asteroid Resources, and are generally used in the construction of ships and ship components.
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