Many of Starfleet's starbases serve a specialized role, Jupiter Station serves as one of the Federation's
primary holographic research facilities.
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 at Mars, illustrate Starfleet's commitment to this kind of
facility. The Jupiter Station is a massive spacestation that orbits Jupiter in Sol System. Among other
things, serves as Doctor Lewis Zimmerman's, the 'father' of modern holography, holographic research
laboratory. Dr. Zimmerman programmed the Emergency Medical Holograms at Jupiter Station. 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 Lieutenant Barclay, in charge of testing the EMH's interpersonal skills, after his final
tour of duty aboard the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-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.