Star Trek debuted 54 years ago on Sept. 8, 1966. Fans of the television science fiction series Star Trek were saddened when the show’s final episode aired on June 3, 1969. It seemed like the end of a very short era, as the program had only been on the air for three seasons. But, the show and its influence continue.

In the documentary “NASA on the Edge of Forever: Science in Space,” host NASA astronaut Victor Glover states, “Science and Star Trek go hand-in-hand.” The film explores how for the past 50 years, Star Trek has influenced scientists, engineers, and even astronauts to reach beyond their potential. While the ISS doesn’t speed through the galaxy like the Starship Enterprise, much of the research conducted aboard the orbiting facility can make the fiction of Star Trek come a little closer to reality.

In this image, the then Dryden Flight Research Center (now Armstrong) hosted the Star Trek crew in 1976 for the rollout of Space Shuttle Enterprise posing with the cast is then NASA Administrator James Fletcher and show creator, Gene Roddenberry.

Learn more: 50 Years of NASA and Star Trek Connections

Image Credit: NASA
Text: John Uri

星际迷航》于54年前的1966年9月8日首映。1969年6月3日,当电视科幻电视剧《星际迷航》的最后一集播出时,粉丝们都很伤心。这似乎是一个非常短暂的时代的结束,因为这个节目只播出了三季。但是,这个节目及其影响仍在继续。

在纪录片《NASA在永恒的边缘:太空中的科学》中,主持人NASA宇航员维克多·格洛弗说:“科学与《星际迷航》齐头并进。”这部电影探讨了在过去的50年里,《星际迷航》是如何影响科学家、工程师,甚至是宇航员去超越他们的潜能的。虽然国际空间站不像“进取号”星际飞船那样在银河系中快速穿梭,但在轨道上进行的许多研究可以让《星际迷航》中的虚构故事更接近现实。

在这张图片中,当时的德莱顿飞行研究中心(现在是阿姆斯特朗)接待了《星际迷航:企业号》的机组人员,当时的NASA局长詹姆斯·弗莱彻和节目制作人吉恩·罗登伯里与演员们合影留念。

了解更多:美国宇航局和《星际迷航》50年的联系

图片来源:NASA
文字:John Uri

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