Re: why didnt Kirk put khan back in the freezer at the end of Space Se How does he lie on "Space Seed?" He puts Khan planetside with no promise stated that they'll check back. He doesn't have to tell Khan his decision is logged (and will have to be explained). Now it's in Starfleet's and the Federation's hands. If they choose to leave Khan on Ceti Alpha 5 and order Kirk not to go back there then Kirk isn't to blame. Why didn't Kirk simply turn Khan and his followers over to Federation authorities? Possibly for a similar reason as to what happened with McGiver aboard his own ship---there is a huge risk in transporting Khan and his group with a good possibility of Khan escaping yet again. Better to park them somewhere out of the way until the Federation decides what they want to do.