A meteoroid is a small piece of astronomical debris found in a star system. The visible trail seen when a meteoroid enters an atmosphere is a meteor (or more whimsically a shooting star), if the meteoroid survives traversing the atmosphere and impacts the planet it is a meteorite.
In 2266, a meteorite collision damaged Rocket Engine Number Four of the USS Enterprise while en route to planet Alpha Z-21. (TOS comic: "Invasion of the City Builders") Later that year, the Enterprise was damaged by a meteor storm while transporting a piece of the star Doona. (TOS comic: "When Planets Collide")
In 2368, Dr. Hoyle believed he had found a hole caused by a meteor in a ziggurat on Rajatha Prime; he quickly discovered it had in fact been caused by the impact of the crash landing of a shuttlepod. (TNG comic: "Captain's Pleasure")
- Meteoroid article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.
- Meteoroid article at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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