William Shatner, best known for playing Captain James T. Kirk on “Star Trek: The Original Series,” has successfully completed a trip to the edge of space aboard Blue Origin’s NS-18 New Shepard rocket. The reusable rocket and capsule lifted off from Blue Origin Launch Site One, located north of the West Texas town of Van Horn, at approximately 9:50 a.m. local time. The ride vehicle completed an 11-minute flight, four of which let the crew experience weightlessness in outer space, before returning to land. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Leonard Nimoy may be best known for his portrayal of Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan character on “Star Trek” starting from the very first TV episode, in 1966, to the film Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013, but those around in 1981 may have seen him showcasing the latest technology at the time. The actor demonstrated the gigantic Magnavision VH-8000 LaserDisc Player, which employed gas helium–neon laser tubes to read discs and had a red-orange light with a wavelength of 628 nm. Read more for the video and additional information.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Tesla / SpaceX CEO Elon Musk are two of the biggest names in technology right now, but what if they were actors instead? Or to be more specific, actors in Star Trek: The Original Series, which ran from 1966-1969. Well, thanks to deepfake technology, we get to see the former playing a Talosian alien, while Musk takes on Captain Christopher Pike. Read more for the video and additional information.
President Donald Trump’s officially unveiled the US military’s Space Force logo today, and social media was quick to point out that it looked eerily similar to an emblem from a famous science-fiction franchise, Star Trek. However, it’s been in use for quite some time, starting with the US Army Air Forces. Space Force is now the sixth branch of the military, joining the Air Force, Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Coast Guard. Read more for a video and additional information.
Israel-based Nanox created an X-ray machine that appears to be straight from the Star Trek universe, and it’s called the ARC. The company aims to make low-cost medical scanning available to people around the world with a much smaller footprint than current machines. This means ditching the expensive CT machines in favor of a portable bed. Read more for a video and additional information.
Patrick Stewart introduced the first trailer for Star Trek: Picard at San Diego Comic-Con today, and fans attending were able to preview the series before the internet. The trailer opens with Picard in the vineyard where he opens some doors and looks at his old belongings. We find out that Data sacrificed his life for Picard. “I wanted to belong here, but it never felt like home,” said Picard. Read more for the video and additional information.
Scientists who sifted through photos shot by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) were surprised to discover a dune on the surface of the Red Planet that looks oddly familiar. No, this isn’t a Photoshop job, but rather a real formation that looks like Star Trek’s ‘Starfleet logo’. Unfortunately (or fortunately), this doesn’t provide enough evidence to conclude that Captain Philippa Georgiou and Commander Michael Burnham from the Star Trek: Discovery pilot actually visited the planet. Read more for a video of an alleged Star Trek phaser spotted on Mars and additional information.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) originally aired from January 3, 1993, to June 2, 1999, and served as the third sequel to Star Trek: The Original Series. It was set in the 24th century, when Earth is part of a United Federation of Planets, and based on the space station Deep Space Nine, which is located adjacent to a wormhole connecting Federation territory to the Gamma Quadrant on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy. One fan, CaptRobau, decided to remaster some clips from the series using AI Gigapixel’s neural networks to upscale them to 1080p. Read more to see the result and for additional information.
Sure, these Star Trek wireless Vulcan earbuds may not be audiophile quality, especially since they’re priced at just $39, but they do offer a 4-5 hour talk time, an in-line microphone, remote, and can be fully charged in two hours. Aesthetically speaking, they are pantone color-matched to Spock’s original Vulcan skin tone makeup. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Designed by architect Randall Stofft, this custom-built mansion that spans 20,000-square-feet, complete with a Star Trek-inspired wing is on the market for a hefty $29.95 million. This nine-bedroom living space is owned by Marc Bell and includes rooms modeled after the popular science fiction TV series, including the bridge from the Starship Enterprise, which doubles as the home theater, and a full-scale Borg model. Other features include: a Call-of-Duty-modeled video game room, retro arcade, 16 bathrooms, a resort-style pool with waterfalls, wine room, gourmet kitchen, and a full basketball court. Continue reading to see more Star Trek creations that actually exist.