Thursday, September 07, 2006

Happy Birthday, STAR TREK

On September 8, 1966 the first episode of STAR TREK was broadcast in the US. At that time nobody had stepped on the Moon, telephones had cords and computers were big as a room. The show has gone through many generations, inspiring many to reach for the stars.

This replica of the Enterprise bridge was displayed at the World Science Fiction Convention in Anaheim this year. Astronomers, what do you notice about the pictures behind McCoy? Those images of the Sun and galaxy were taken from X-Ray spacecraft, something else that didn't exist in 1966. Left picture is from SOHO and right is from Chandra.

Who says scientists can't have fun?


Blogger Rae Ann said...

Gotta love that original Star Trek! It was my very favorite show growing up, and thank God for reruns!

6:57 AM  
Blogger Mahndisa S. Rigmaiden said...

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Anonymous Astroprof said...

I can't believe that I almost forgot the anniversary of the first Star Trek broadcast! It's amazing the impact of a television show has had.

8:34 PM  
Anonymous Chris Oakley said...

Ah yes...there they are: L->R Science Officer Polchinski, Communications Officer Randall, Navigator Greene, Chief Medical Officer Distler, Captain Witten, Crewman Riofrio (BTW, Louise, have you looked into the life expectancy of junior crewmen in Star Trek?), Helm Officer Maldacena, Chief Engineer Motl. But what's this? They are being hailed by the Klingon vessel WOIT.

"In the name of the Klingon Empire, I command you to turn back. Your mission is futile. That which you seek does not exist. If you do not return to your base, I will destroy your funding."

"You don't know that," says the captain after a silence. "No-one seems to have any better ideas, and our mission may probably lead SOMEWHERE."

"There are no better ideas because you starved them of funding," says the ruthless Klingon commander. "Turn back or be destroyed."

"Captain, if you'll permit me, I can vapourise that alien spacecraft with a single bolt from our Calabi-Yau compact dimension torpedo," says the irascible Chief Engineer.

"Be quiet, Mottie," says the captain. "It may not be so easy."

7:47 PM  
Anonymous JC said...

....a few days later, the Starship String Enterprise comes across a Borg hypercube named "Pauli".

"We are the Borg!"

"You are Not Even Wrong!"

"Surrender or die!"

"You will be assimiliated!"

7:50 PM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Thanks all, for contributing to the most viewings in a day on this blog! Daily rate is nearly 100,000 per year! Thanks Prof, the post on your blog was great.

Chris and jc, your comments were right on-subject about the String Enterprise (It's not really a theory). They were disintegrated by PW, so I have saved them verbatim here.

Being junior and a walking target already, I will wear the red uniform with pride.

8:01 PM  
Anonymous Chris Oakley said...

Hi Louise,

I did get an e-mail explanation from PW when he deleted my Star Trek comment, but I did not have a copy, so thanks for posting it here.

10:57 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Star Trek -- the original series... Here in Brazil there were many reruns (here it is called "Jornada nas Estrelas"), and the series really influenced me on my choice of career (as well as my readings of Isaac Asimov, fiction and non-fiction). At 11, I already knew I wanted to be a scientist, just like Mr. Spock. Also, I wrote a lot of science fiction short stories, as well as a whole book (entitled "Laplace's Demon"), all in Portuguese and unpublished. Here in Brazil is practically impossible to publish a science fiction book.

BTW Leonard Nimoy was brilliant as Mr. Spock, very credible. This is a very dramatic character.

Best wishes,

3:11 PM  
Blogger Kea said...

Now the comment I wrote on Kaku's blog got deleted, along with the whole thread!

12:57 PM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Christine, have you thought about writing for a US science fiction magazine?

Kea, Kaku seems to have deleted his whole article. You are still welcome to put your comments here.

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Health said...

The show has gone through many generations,
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