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Old September 4 2013, 11:08 PM   #99
Captain Clark Terrell
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Re: The curse of even Trek Films and the reboot - thought

Leto_II wrote: View Post
The novel The Return addresses this subject, to a degree -- immediately following the events of the movie, Starfleet begins the process of removing the crashed spaceframe of the Enterprise-D saucer section, citing Prime Directive concerns over potential contamination of the Veridian IV civilization once it gains spaceflight.

Can't remember what Starfleet's stance was concerning Kirk's body in the novel, though.
Kirk's body was to be removed for the same reason. Starfleet didn't want to leave any trace of any of their officers having been there. This is mentioned while Spock is seen observing a moment of silence at Kirk's grave site just as the honor guard beams down.

"He clapped his captain—his friend—on the shoulder. Yes, this man was very much like James Kirk, in all the ways that mattered." --Christopher L. Bennett-- Star Trek: Mere Anarachy, The Darkness Drops Again
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