NASA Celebrates Star Trek's 50th Anniversary

  • ISS Astronaut Salutes Leonard Nimoy
  • (Photo : NASA via Getty Images) As Star Trek celebrates its 50th year anniversary, NASA takes part in the festivities.

As the popular TV and movie franchise Star Trek celebrates its 50th year, many are anticipating the involvement of the premiere space agency, NASA that evidently influenced the franchise.  During the exhibition in honor of Star Trek’s anniversary, NASA showcased some details on actual space exploration missions to Star Trek fans.

The “Star Trek: Mission” was conducted last weekend. The three-day convention commemorates Star Trek’s 50th anniversary. Earlier this year, NASA already paid tribute to Star Trek in a press release describing how much Star Trek science is actually true.

NASA revealed that the famous enterprise is a real spacecraft, although it didn’t have a chance to be flown. But during the inauguration of Enterprise, Star Trek developers were there together with the then-NASA chief to welcome the spacecraft.

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“Generally, Star Trek is pretty intelligently written and more faithful to science than any other science fiction series ever shown on television,” David Allen Batchelor of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center said in a statement. “Star Trek also attracts and excites generations of viewers about advanced science and engineering, and it’s almost the only show that depicts scientists and engineers positively, as role models. So let’s forgive the show for an occasional misconception in the service of an epic adventure,” Batchelor added.

During the exhibit, Star Trek stars also commemorated the long-standing popularity of the franchise. “Star Trek’ is all about the community and the fans are a real important part of that. I’m a fan and if I wasn’t on this side of the table I would probably be on that side,” actor LeVar Burton who played Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge said in a statement.

The son of the late and iconic Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, Adam, was present during the event. Adam shared details about his new documentary “For the Love of Spock” in honor of his father’s Star Trek character.

The Comic-con promoter, ReedPop organized the exhibit, according to The Guardian. It was a haven for all things Star Trek from costumes, to cast reunions to demonstrations of virtual reality games and to the real-life space exploration panels conducted by NASA officials.

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from Department of Space Exploration