Starfleet maintains a number of orbital facilities throughout its space, some of which are home to
specialized research teams. Jupiter Station performs such a role for the holographic research of Dr. Lewis
Starfleet facility orbiting the fifth planet in the Sol System. Doctor Lewis Zimmerman, the man who programmed
the Emergency Medical Hologram is stationed at Jupiter Station. Lieutenant Reginald Barclay was a member of
Zimmerman's production team, in charge of testing the EMH's interpersonal skills. Lieutenant Commander Tuvok
was previously assigned at Jupiter Station.
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Starfleet Command has a long history of using orbital platforms for vital research and development purposes.
The deployment of Earth Station McKinley, and the continual expansion of the Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards above
and upon the surface of Mars, illustrate Starfleet's commitment to this kind of facility. The Jupiter Station
is a massive spacestation that orbits Jupiter in the Sol System. Among other things, it provides a home for one
of Starfleet's finest scientific minds - that of Dr. Lewis Zimmerman, the 'father' of modern holography. The
choice of an orbital station for such important work may seem strange, but the self-contained nature of such a
facility makes it relatively easy to secure and maintain ideal conditions for experimentation for the doctor and
his team, which included Lt. Barclay after his final tour of duty aboard the Enterprise-D.
The exterior of Jupiter Station is impressively imposing, with two sets of three large saucer-shaped modules
arranged one on top of another by a number of connecting beams, which allows internal transfer between the two
halves of the station. The central areas on the top of the uppermost saucers carry an array of sensors and
antennas, which facilitate communication between the station and vessels light years away. Located beneath the
lowest saucer modules are two smaller circular structures, consisting of multiple decks and viewing ports.
Directly below them are long narrow columns that support a number of slender tanks. The interior of Jupiter
Station follows standard Starfleet designs in its use of colors, materials, and general layout. Dr. Zimmerman's
complex has spacious, comfortable surroundings in which to live, closely connected to a state-of-the-art
research laboratory. Food replicators and living quarters are available to both permanent staff and visiting
workers. There are a number of leisure facilities for the personnel aboard the station, including at least one
cafe and, unsurprisingly for the birthplace of modern holographic technology, several holosuites.