Ever since "Encounter at Farpoint" I've thought the term "Away Team" sounds horrendously stupid. Even if its accurate I think it sounds stupid much like Department of Homeland Security. I know the concept of the Away Team evolved from David Gerrold's idea of a "Contact Team" that he first proposed in depth in his book "The World of Star Trek" and was a major feature of his novel "The Galactic Whirlpool". In the novel, the Contact Team was led by Lt. Kevin Riley as in The World of Star Trek Gerrold suggested that the Contact Team should be led by a significant character but not one of the major ones. Me. I wonder why they didn't stick with "landing party" and be done with it?