Earth’s “largest federation of scientists, engineers and explorers” is marking 50 years of the Star Trek series.
In a minute-long video released Thursday (Sept. 8), NASA employees in various locations across the nation congratulate the sci-fi series on its 50th anniversary, quoting lines from the series and holding up the iconic Vulcan salute.
The first episode of the original Star Trek series starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy aired Sept. 8, 1966.
“Star Trek has inspired many real life explorers, including NASA scientists, engineers and astronauts who often cite Star Trek as inspiring them to focus on space exploration,” NASA Administrator Maj. Gen. Charles Bolden Jr. says in the video’s opening shot, flanked by NASA employees.
The John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. were among facilities included in the video. The Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans East — long a hub for NASA space vehicle assembly — was not featured.