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Celebration

Three years ago to celebrate the 50th anniversary, many celebrated the influence Star Trek has had on our lives:

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  • Twitter had lots of celebratory tweets
  • SyFy Channel celebrated Star Trek Day by offering a tutorial on how to do the Vulcan Salute.
  • Seattle’s EMP Museum has a major new exhibit with original sets, props, uniforms, communicator, phaser, and a tricorder
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  • Smithsonian Institution’s Air & Space Museum in Washington D.C. spent four months again refurbishing the original 11-foot filming model of the USS Enterprise
  • History Channel had a show on “Building Star Trek”
  • Gizmodo talked about the anniversary
  • USA Today covered the celebration
  • NASA talked about the science
  • The Telegraph discussed the celebration

The Beginning

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The Pilots

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The Original Series

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The USS Enterprise

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Its Continuing Mission

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The Star Trek Conventions

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The Films

Now don’t let anyone tell you Star Trek is a cult, that is not true at all. It’s more like a religion.

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The Reboot

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Star Trek’s Future

The principal stars of the first three “reboot” movies had extended their original 3-movie contracts to do a fourth movie. Other stars are expected to follow suit. This has stalled, and rumor has it that Quintin Tarantino is interested in doing the next movie. Stay tuned for the fourth movie in the reboot series.

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Legacy

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Parodies

The film “Galaxy Quest” is a send-up of the world of Star Trek and Trekkies. The TV series “The Orville,” created by and starring Trek-fan Seth MacFarlane is a tribute to Star Trek.

Tributes

Several interesting fan ventures have appeared. Of particular note is “Star Trek Continues,” produced, written, directed, and starring Vic Mignogna. It continues the 5-year mission and features some of the guest stars from the original show. James Doohan’s son Christopher Doohan plays “Scotty.” You can find it on YouTube here.

Technology Inspiration

Star Trek has inspired:

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