Star Trek: Stargazer
USS Kurzweil’s mission was to study long lived organisms in an effort to understand the mechanisms for extending life, possibly indefinitely. At least, that was the mission some 31 years ago, before it was reported lost.
Kurzweil had been studying sand mites that lived for nearly three years (quite a long time for a small insect) on a moon some 350 light years from where it was found at Xendi Nah-Lil 4.
Captain Folla ordered the science vessel scuttled after the events on Nah-Lil 4.